Well, it is Halloween, and the patent trolls are trick-or-treating in Cupertino. A Texas based company is looking to get a bag of cash treats from Apple because of a patent dispute, and a woman and her son from Canada are spooked because, she claims in a class-action suit, Apple is stalking them. Sometimes, we suspect, Cupertino lawyers probably wish they were allowed to just turn out the lights and not answer the door.
This week we look at how Apple and a Swedish photographer don't see eye to eye over a disputed image, how new developments in an ebooks antitrust case may bump up your iTunes account, and yet another move in the global chess match with Samsung. It's all fun and games until someone uses an eye!
The New York Times has been running a multipart-series challenging global tech companies, and often does so by focusing specifically on Apple, as if Cupertino is the only US tech company involved in controversial manufacturing issues. While consistently calling Apple out prominently on issues that clearly involve most smartphone and technology manufacturers might not be the fairest way to position these articles, the latest addition to the series focuses on one area where Apple has led the pack in less than savory tactics: patent lawsuits.
Losing a court case is never fun, and it is decidedly less fun when the loss results in having to write really big checks. Surely, a company that finds itself on the wrong side of a ruling has every right, and responsibility, to mitigate its losses, but do they have to be so nasty about it?
Last week, the technology world had to digest the news that Samsung was going to have to write a check to Apple for anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion. While we considered that losing this mega trial may not be all bad news for Samsung, we also turned our eyes to the dozens of other patent trials between Apple and Android device manufacturers around the world.
Will Samsung strike back in court? What about Google? And what is Apple's next move, anyway?
In the aftermath of Apple's billion dollar courtroom win against Samsung last week, many people are wondering just what this means for the future of the smartphone. Some stores are already reporting a massive dropoff in Android device sales since the ruling. But is Apple really the winner in this case? Let's break it down.
Jury deliberations finally begin today in the super-trial between Apple and Samsung. True to form with the case, there was drama and surprises right up to the final statements.
Meanwhile, and just in time for a much hoped for iPhone 5 launch, Google's Motorola filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington.
As we wrap up another week of iCourt between Apple and Samsung, this case is looking more and more like it is Cupertino's to lose. Jury trials can conclude in surprising ways, and certainly the entertainment and media worlds have no bearing on a courtroom decision, but when late night TV hosts are lampooning your legal team, you might want to be worried. Maybe a little.
Join us for another round of Law & Apple as we run through the latest head-scratchers from the District Court of the Northern District of California.
The mega-trial between Apple and Samsung continues in Federal Court with United States District Judge Lucy Koh presiding. Much has been written regarding Samsung struggling with this case, and that this trial seemed to be leaning heavily toward Apple before the first gavel fell. Just a few days into the actual trial now, and Samsung’s problems are only getting worse.
Join us for another week of Law & Apple as we bring you up to speed on the happenings at the "iCourt".
Finally, after much hype and hyperbole, the opening ceremonies of the Apple vs. Samsung trial -- the trial that could reshape the entire global smartphone market -- are complete. As anticipated, the first days of the trial are full of fun. Meanwhile, poor Siri is under legal attack again, this time from a Taiwanese University.
Join us for another week Law & Apple as we breakdown every move and score of the courtroom olympians.