As the calendar year draws to a close and Apple's legal department continues to prep for another big California courtroom clash with Samsung next March, several smaller Cupertino lawsuits are being wrapped up around the globe. Will Samsung get any home court advantage in its request to ban Apple products in South Korea? Can one New Zealand man hold off the crushing weight of Apple's lawyers to protect his invention?
After years of targeting Google's partners with lawsuits, including going toe-to-toe against Google-owned Motorola, Apple has yet to square off against its Mountain View adversary in the courtroom... until now. And while we get ready to follow what could be the biggest trial of the Patent Wars to date, Apple also took a moment this week to effectively flip off the U.S. federal government and its seemingly neverending quest to collect user information from tech companies. Read on as we review one of the most interesting weeks in Cupertino's legal adventures this year.
When the jury gathers in November to determine the new amount that Samsung owes Apple for copying the iPhone and iPad, Samsung would like it very much if no one was allowed to tell the jury about how it copied the iPhone and iPad. Also, Apple has decided to break down and take care of Breaking Bad viewers who didn't know they had to pay twice for the final season. Another week of adventures for the Cupertino legal team!
Two major developments this week in separate, high profile Apple lawsuits. It's like going back in time to tell the court "my bad." Step into our DeLorean today and we'll travel back in time to revisit some courtroom drama that is back in the news again.
Apple is not the boss of every word in the English language, and Samsung is on the verge of breaking the U.S. Patent system forever. The Patent Wars roll on, and to what end? If Apple is going to try to corner the market on words, and no company in the United States is going to be stopped from putting copycat products on store shelves until it is too late, these lawsuits will never stop. Join us for another week of Law & Apple as we try to make some sense of this nonsense.
When China decides to seriously protect intellectual property, one imagines the government will have quite a massive wall of work in front of them. As the nation that holds the global reputation for turning technological piracy into an art, China could stand to bring forward some high-profile cases and show the world that it is serious about protecting copyrights and patents. Instead, China has chosen the path of irony, and righteously sues foreign companies, like Apple, for absurd copyright infringement.
It was, clearly, the biggest patent lawsuit of the year in the tech industry, and it originally resulted in a $1 billion decision for Apple, to be paid by Samsung. However, whenever that many zeroes are involved in a lawsuit, you can be sure there will be lots and lots of appeals, motions, whining, and crying after the fact. The first post-trial rulings were issued this week: did the court grant more big wins for Apple, or did Samsung manage to salvage something from their summertime courtroom wreckage? Read on!
The growing problem of Patent Trolls continues, with a new patent infringement lawsuit launched this week against Apple over earbuds. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung continue to cram each other's products into lawsuits, with the iPad mini now the latest victim. No holiday spirit this week among tech company lawyers, just more Grinch-ing.