Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
When patent trolls are hungry, they reach for Apple. And when they do, they often get fed. In the bizarre world of US patent law, even when your case has little merit, you're probably going to get paid anyway.
Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?
We are just a few weeks away from the second major Apple v. Samsung trial to happen in Northern California, but we still haven't wrapped up the first one. Why does Samsung think they should get a re-trial of the last re-trial, and what does the judge think of all of this?
A few days ago, Google and Samsung announced a surprising 10-year global patent licensing agreement. Mostly it was surprising because Samsung suing Google for patent infringement is about as likely as you suing your parents for patent infringement. So why bother? To attempt to make Apple look bad, and thereby prove the point that nothing is going to change anytime soon.
Google formed with an internal motto of "Don't Be Evil" in response to the perceived business practices of Microsoft, and then proceeded over the years to manipulate customer data (see what Google does when you search) and force software on users (see how you are already signed up for Google+) much like Redmond. Now the Mountain View company is taking hypocrisy to a new level with their latest lawsuit against the Apple- and Microsoft-led Rockstar Consortium. Ah, the irony!
Now that Apple has proven in court that Samsung slavishly copied the iPhone, and proved it twice, we have approached the part of the event where everyone scrambles to figure out who owes what part of the bill. Like two people on a blind date gone bad, Apple and Samsung both want to go home without paying any more than they have to. Here's hoping they just use one credit card for the bill, because people who give the waiter a handful of plastic to ring up separate amounts are totally annoying. Don't do that. So, what's the damage? Read on.
Last week, federal courts dismissed two consumer lawsuits against Apple, one dealing with privacy issues, the other dealing with antitrust issues. In both cases, consumers were seeking monetary damages from Apple, and in both cases, judges decided they'd heard enough and sent everyone home. Once again, we see that suing Apple over imaginary injuries is not a very effective get-rich-quick scheme.
An electrical engineer filed a lawsuit against Apple in California, claiming that he invented the smartphone and Apple was infringing on his idea. The jury sided with Apple, but it wasn't as clear-cut as you might think. Was this another case of a patent troll trying to score big against Apple, or was it a case of a deep-pocketed corporate behemoth crushing the little guy? Read on.
Two class-action lawsuits were filed against Apple this past week; one representing tens of thousands of high-tech workers, another representing owners of 27-inch iMacs with allegedly faulty screens. In the first case, other defendants in the lawsuit have already cashed out, while in the second, an angry music teacher prepares to go the distance. Will either case bring enough to court to make Apple have to open the checkbook?