Samsung and Apple are no strangers in the courtroom; in fact, despite being each other's favorite business partners, they are also the prime combatants in the ongoing global Patent Wars. Sort of like a couple going through a nasty divorce that can't stop hooking up. While the lawyers get rich, who suffers? Us kids. Now, both companies are heading back to the courtroom this week to begin a trial that holds every possibility of completely reshaping patent law in the United States. Or, perhaps, it could lead to the end of the Patent Wars once and for all. While you chew on those fat pieces of hyperbole, read on for the latest.
A basic rule of employment is that you pay your employees for the time your require them to be at work. Generally, courts don't look too kindly on companies that force you to stay at work and refuse to pay you for it. Especially if you're keeping them there, off the clock, just to make sure they're not stealing from you, which is apparently exactly what Apple's retail store policy does. Now a couple of former Apple employees are taking on the vaunted Cupertino legal team to make it right. A class-action suit representing over 42,000 employees could get pretty, pretty, pretty expensive. And if that's not enough for Apple to worry about, the company is back in the ring with Google, bickering about negotiating tactics. All in another week of Law & Apple!
Samsung continues to pull every legal trick out of its hat to avoid paying Apple legal damages from last summer's trial, but this time it may actually have a valid point. Apple, on the other hand, has decided that consumers may just be smart enough to know the difference between shopping from Apple and shopping from Amazon. Another serving of legal drama and courtroom surprises; we'll try to make sense of it all in this week's Law & Apple.
If you are a patent holder and you haven't tried to sue Apple, you really are sort of bush league. Suing Apple is what all the cool patent holders are doing. This week, Boston University is looking to land a windfall of cash from Cupertino, and there might be a pretty good chance that university will win. Also, catch up on the details of the Department of Justice's big case against Apple, as we all await the final ruling that could change the way eBooks are sold.
Apple and Samsung traded legal victories over the last week in Japan, and while many of the headlines surrounding these cases are dramatic, not all legal victories are the same. Sometimes, a win is a win, and a loss just means nobody won anything. For the latest in Apple's courtroom adventures, read on!
The Justice Department's lawsuit against Apple and a gang of e-book publishers has been brewing for over a year. Now, just a few days before the trial is set to begin, Apple finds itself as the lone defendant in the case, as every other company involved has settled out of court. Is Cupertino willing to settle as well just to make the whole thing go away? Not a chance, says Tim Cook.
Is Apple the dark ringmaster of a vast e-book conspiracy designed to hurt consumers, or a champion of the arts and innovation? Also, is Cupertino running a crime syndicate bent on scamming you with rigged power buttons? Interesting questions without clear answers. Let's take a look and go over what we know so far.
The European Commission smacks Motorola for using patents as leverage rather than tools for innovation (cough, cough), a major Taiwanese University is suing Apple in Texas, and Apple is begging the court for a peek at Android's goods. Another week, another round of courtroom drama in Law & Apple.
It's like deja vu all over again. This fall, Apple and Samsung will return to the courtroom battlefield to argue about the same issues they've been arguing about for years. In fact, both companies will only be permitted to discuss exactly the same issues as a previously settled case. Well, mostly settled. Read on, we'll explain.
Google went big when it dropped nine zeroes on a patent portfolio to use against Apple, but the portfolio has been a dud in the courtroom. Is this latest legal loss the one that convinces Mountain View to try something else? Also, when you download a song twice, you pay for it twice, the end. What you don't do is get a check from Apple for $5 million, right? Right. It is known.