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:
A Florida company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple because of the way OS X boots up.
The patent was originally owned by LG Electronics, Inc., and the company bringing the suit is called Operating Systems Solutions, LLC. It is unclear at this time if LG is involved the lawsuit, or what relationship, if any, exists between the two companies.
On Monday, we reported that Apple had successfully put the hammer down on Samsung’s plans to launch the Android Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia. Just a day later, Samsung is striking back and plans to release the tablet in the land down under anyway.
HTC wants to end all the legal bloodshed, because it's bad for business. In a call today, Winston Yung, chief financial officer of HTC, said, "We have to sit down and figure it out" and "we're open to having discussions." Maybe there is a new consigliere at the Taiwan based company, or maybe they've been watchign a lot of Godfather movies and realized that Sonny, while cool and all, was never going to make any real money with all that fighting.
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.
Them’s fightin’ words, Mister Schmidt! A new report with comments from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some stinging words from Apple over their recent string of lawsuits, with the Android maker standing firmly beside their hardware partners.
Despite becoming Samsung's biggest client earlier this year, Apple has decided it was time call out their favorite semiconductor manufacturer by filing a lawsuit today in South Korea. The relationship devolved from cozy bedfellows to awkward and creepy after Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy line "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
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.
The relationship between Apple and its iOS developers may be contentious at times, but never let it be said that Cupertino doesn’t know which side its bread is buttered on. On Monday, the iPhone maker came forward to defend its developers against a brewing patent battle with Lodsys over in-app purchases.
Kodak may not bring much innovation these days, but they appear to know how to bring it when it comes to patent infringement battles -- an International Trade Commission judge has just ruled in favor of the Rochester company in half of its ongoing battle with Apple.