Well, this is the last weekend you have to relax and enjoy yourself before the ridiculous onslaught of holiday shopping and events consumes your every waking minute with errands and shopping and parties and decorating and trying to figure out how to wrap gifts and what to get and oh my we're getting a little excited (and a little exhausted) just thinking about it. Well, here's the week that was. Get at it. (Note, not Santa to our right.)
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there is renewed hope for peace on earth; at least with regard to the ongoing Patent Wars. Apple and HTC have agreed to share nicely, putting away the lawyers and working out a deal to play, and pay, fairly. Is this cease-fire a big-enough deal to encourage some of the other players to seriously come to the bargaining table?
If the world could vote on the patent wars, no matter which side you support, we suspect most would vote for them to just go away. Providing, of course, that there was some way to keep companies from slavishly copying each other. But, since we don't get to vote on that particular initiative, the best we can do is follow along at home, and there seems to always be something new to follow. This past week, Apple got the door slammed on one lawsuit while trying fatten up another one. The pollsters never seem to get these things exactly right, do they?
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.
Apple is at the center of a class action suit involving iPhones from five years ago, and both Apple and Samsung struggle to get a win against each other around the world. Also, suddenly invalid patents might make Apple's $1 billion win against Samsung just a little less sexy. Cue your favorite dramatic theme music and lets get to another week of Law & Apple.
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.
Samsung has finally stepped up to take a swing back at Apple, filing a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at the iPhone 5. Meanwhile, a company you probably never heard of is claiming they had Passbook first, and Google is backing down from Cupertino for some mysterious reason. Is this a sign of peaceful times to come?
The ruling in the Apple v. Samsung case came down a few weeks ago, and yet fascinating bits continue to leak out. Apparently the Woz has very strong feelings about the case, Samsung was prepared to go extra-terrestrial to win over the jury, and Cupertino lawyers continue to leave no stone unturned in a global courtroom assault on seemingly anything that threatens the Apple brand -- no matter how trivial.
What, you thought things were going to quiet down?