After two years of failed settlement talks and pre-trial motions, Oracle began its infringement and copyright lawsuit against Google this week in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco. You might be wondering what all the fuss is about, and how it could affect the future of Google's Android mobile operating system. But what you're missing out on is the potential impact this kind of lawsuit could have on Apple.
We broke down the situation to try to answer some of these questions, and even got a business expert to weigh in on the discussion. Read on for more.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Mac|Life website, you know that we love a good patent-based slap-fight. From the looks of things, so does Apple: to date, the company’s battle to stop Android handset manufacturers from infringing on their patents has cost the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer over $100 million. That’s small change to them, but an awful lot of money to the rest of us. What’re all the lawsuits about? We’ve put together a list of four patent lawsuits that focus on technology most iOS users take for granted every day.
Motorola -- and by Motorola we mean Google and the Android operating system -- now faces a serious threat in the looming trial against Apple set to begin this summer. And just in case that was not enough to keep the competition up at night, Apple hooked up with a former arch rival to double-team Motorola in Europe.
Temperatures are rising in the global patent wars, so let's get a "dun dun" going and check out the details in this week's Law & Apple.
In this week's Law & Apple, we see a lawyer begin to explain how it is not his client's fault that she walked into a wall. Also, the leftover crumbs from a company that went bankrupt three years ago have decided to sue everyone that has ever made a decent, or even not so decent, smartphone.
Another fun trip on Apple's legal roller coaster, so let's cue up the "dun dun", and go for a ride to crazy land.
It was Google’s decision to get into the phone business with launch of the Android operating system that led to Apple’s extremely aggressive courtroom maneuverings, but Cupertino has yet to drag Google into the courtroom. Apparently, all of that is about to change.
It was always about Apple vs. Google, and the one-time friends (and now fast frenimies) are soon to be directly involved in the same case. As the plot thickens, can you hear that dun-dun sound in the background?
In one fell swoop this week, Apple makes Motorola an offer they can't refuse, changes the dynamics of several long-contested patent cases, and possibly gives Google cause to second-guess a pending blockbuster deal. It's not personal, it's only business as usual in the ever changing world of patent lawsuits.
So take the cannoli and cue the dun-dun; it's time for another week of Law & Apple.