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.
Have you ever brought your iOS device into an Apple store for service, seeking a safe harbor for service, only to be told that the warranty was void due to water damage? Well, it turns out the indicator used to determine moisture may have been faulty, and Apple is looking to stem the flood of complaints with a big splash of money. Although willing to dip into its deep pool of cash to end a lawsuit, is Cupertino actually willing to admit to a manufacturing flaw?
Silicon Valley has long been the center of the universe for technology workers. If you want to play on the big stage for software engineers, the storied northern California tech hotbed, first named publicly in the early '70s, remains the place to be. But what if you found out that all of the major tech companies there were in cahoots to suppress your salary? What if you had proof that the heads of companies like Apple and Google were slinging emails around, asking each other to not hire you? You'd probably do what those very companies seem to love to do: you'd sue.