Oh Apple. If a tech company isn't coming after you with a lawsuit for patent infringement one day, it's a an irritated California man coming after you the next over a busted iPhone 4 that came at the hands of his daughter. The latest alleges that the cracked glass is the result of the handset design being defective.
It’s a sad fact of life, but we’re a litigious society -- and when it comes to technology patents, it seems like the lawsuits are flying fast and furious, with Apple now countersuing Motorola. If you’re having trouble keeping it all straight, here’s a handy cheat sheet to keep things in check.
No doubt some strong language and Sith choke holds were seen in Cupertino today, as word has broken of a patent infringement ruling against Apple to the tune of $625.5 million. With a wake-up call like that first thing Monday morning, who needs coffee? The lawsuit that led to the judicial command for the hefty payout was filed back in 2008 by the now defunct software company Mirror Worlds, which, as a piece of tragic trivia would have it, was founded by Unabomber victim and Yale professor David Hillel Gelernter. Can word of a patent lawsuit become more intriguing than this?
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
It didn’t take long for the vultures to circle: Apple’s hot new iPhone 4 has barely been in most customers’ hands for a week, and already a trio of class-action complaints have been filed against the company over reception issues.
With every successful product launch, sadly there often comes litigation. A California law firm has now set its sights on Apple, exploring a potential class action lawsuit relating to the alleged “reception problems” with the new iPhone 4.