Exactly one month ago, we covered a wild lawsuit in Germany brought by a patent troll for the hefty sum of just over $2 billion. A few days ago, Germany swatted the trolls out of court. Meanwhile, after Samsung was found guilty of releasing confidential Apple documents, its is back in court with some new twists.
When patent trolls are hungry, they reach for Apple. And when they do, they often get fed. In the bizarre world of US patent law, even when your case has little merit, you're probably going to get paid anyway.
It's the intellectual property world we live in: companies that do nothing but buy and sell patents try to get rich quick in court by bullying the actual innovators and technology leaders. When one of these patent trolls files a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Apple over technology that was originally invented for car phones, is it a sign that the problem has really gone too far?
Google formed with an internal motto of "Don't Be Evil" in response to the perceived business practices of Microsoft, and then proceeded over the years to manipulate customer data (see what Google does when you search) and force software on users (see how you are already signed up for Google+) much like Redmond. Now the Mountain View company is taking hypocrisy to a new level with their latest lawsuit against the Apple- and Microsoft-led Rockstar Consortium. Ah, the irony!
After years of targeting Google's partners with lawsuits, including going toe-to-toe against Google-owned Motorola, Apple has yet to square off against its Mountain View adversary in the courtroom... until now. And while we get ready to follow what could be the biggest trial of the Patent Wars to date, Apple also took a moment this week to effectively flip off the U.S. federal government and its seemingly neverending quest to collect user information from tech companies. Read on as we review one of the most interesting weeks in Cupertino's legal adventures this year.
On the one hand, the federal government has decided to wade into the muck of the US patent system and is taking it to patent trolls. On the other hand, the federal government has somehow decided to hand Samsung a surprise courtroom victory that they, along with much of the rest of the world, already decided had no merit. The Feds giveth, and the Feds taketh away.
There's freedom in producing a podcast. Every day, creative people are pumping out free content, including hilarious roundtable discussions or informative news programs. But the culture of podcasting is under attack from an altogether irritating source: the patent troll.
The growing problem of Patent Trolls continues, with a new patent infringement lawsuit launched this week against Apple over earbuds. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung continue to cram each other's products into lawsuits, with the iPad mini now the latest victim. No holiday spirit this week among tech company lawyers, just more Grinch-ing.
It's a slow week for news, as most people took off halfway through the week to prepare themselves for an epic feast of gluttony and deliciousness. But the news marches on and Apple stories are no different. So what did happen? What did we talk about? What are the rumors out there? Let's take a peek.
Earlier this week, Google called for sweeping changes of the US Patent system to fend off the biggest threat to the system: patent trolls. Suggesting that Apple has been a recent victim of patent abuse, the Android manufacturer is calling for just three changes that could completely overhaul the way patents are issued and handled. Is it enough?