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 there's one issue that's seemed to dominate the tech world headlines this year, it's been lawsuits. Continuing the trend, in a potentially large decision today, the U.S. International Trade Commission gave an initial determination in Apple's patent infringement suit against HTC, and it isn't looking good for the latter.
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.
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.
To refresh your memory, late last month Samsung had attempted to speed up its patent rumble with Apple by trying to request to see Apple's next-generation iPhone and iPad models, which they felt would help them defend itself from Apple's charges of copying, infringement, etc. Apple fired back to today, having filed a response that claimed Samsung's move had been an "improper attempt to harass."
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.
The legal maneuverings between Apple and Lodsys are heating up. After Cupertino came to the defense of its developers in a patent threat from Lodsys regarding in-app purchases, Lodsys turned around and filed suit against seven iOS developers -- and now Apple is striking back.
Apple added Amazon.com to its crap list back on March 18 in an effort to prevent the e-tailer from using the term “App Store” for its Android Market wannabe. Amazon fired back by saying the term was “generic,” which Apple is now disputing as well.
In a move that surprised virtually no one in the tech community, Korean electronics giant Samsung has lobbed a countersuit right back at Apple, claiming Cupertino has infringed on 10 of their own patents involving power reduction, 3G technology and wireless data communication.
If you haven’t heard of the iPad-only app Zite, chances are you will soon. Billed as “a personalized magazine for your iPad,” the app is quickly gaining popularity with users of similar apps like Flipboard and Pulse -- as well as drawing the same kind of unwanted attention from content providers.