It's time for another whirlwind, around-the-world tour of Apple's latest lawsuits, this time with developments occurring on three different continents. In Europe, Samsung and Apple are dueling it out in Germany, and Down Under a judge tells Apple to cough up payment documents to prove Samsung's really a threat. We'll also discuss Apple's latest legal troubles in Asia, where the company sent a threatening letter to a Chinese food company to stop its trademark infringement.
Apple COO Tim Cook once said, "We have a very simple view. We love competition, but we want people to invent their own stuff. And we’re going to defend our portfolio when we need to."
No kidding. Apple is currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits with companies like Motorola, HTC, Samsung. And by aggressively adding to that portfolio, the courtroom drama is heating up and isn't going to end anytime soon. Here are some legally juicy events from the last few days:
If you had $30 billion a year and a 10 percent market share at stake, you would fiercely defend your patents, too. That is what is on the table for Apple in their spread of lawsuits against manufacturers of Android phones. Analysts believe Apple will be successful in their legal battles, and that while Apple has "more to lose," the potential payoff to Cupertino will be huge.
The stakes are high, and Apple seems prepared to go the distance.
Poor Spotify. Not even a few weeks have passed since it finally debuted in the United States and already someone's doing everything they can to rid of 'em -- in this case, it's PacketVideo. The company -- one that you've never hard of, because I haven't either -- posits that Spotify committed patent infringement against their decade old streaming video idea, one that apparently never came to fruition (at least not to our knowledge). The actual patent in question is for a "device for the distribution of music information in digital form." But as TechDirt points out, this just sounds way too broad.
The dust has yet to settle on the first wave of patent disputes targeting iOS and Android app developers, but that isn’t stopping Lodsys, LLC from reloading and firing a second round, this time aimed squarely at the video game giants who hang their shingle on these platforms.
While Apple wages war over patents on a number of different fronts against Google’s Android, a new report claims that the company’s chief patent attorney is planning to leave the company soon, in what can only be considered bad timing.
In the latest update from the current rumble in the tech world jungle, Samsung is again putting up its dukes with Apple. This time, the company has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The move could mean the company is looking for a ban on the importation to the U.S. of the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
You may recall that Apple’s copycat suit against Samsung took an interesting turn recently when the accused requested to see Cupertino’s forthcoming products, including the unannounced iPhone 5 and iPad 3. That won’t be happening, since the judge claims that Samsung isn’t entitled to see them.
Well, would you look at that: Those big kids in the mobile phone playground can play nice together after all, especially when cash money is in play. After nearly two years, the patent disputes between Apple and Nokia have come to a close, with Cupertino throwing a pile of money at the problem to make it go away.
Coming straight from the "Wait For It..." Department, Apple has been sued over use of the name "iCloud". Arizona-based iCloud Communications filed its formal suit against Apple for infringement of its name, which has been in existence since 2005.