If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
Another dizzying week for the Apple legal team. First they see an adversary's competitive product wiped from the entire continent of Europe (mostly), only to see the it rise again in every European country (mostly). What caused the teutonic change of heart in the Düsseldorf regional court? Perhaps some altered images that Apple submitted as evidence?
As the European battle rages on, a new front was opened in the United States, with Apple's longtime nemesis launching a massive salvo of lawsuits. The wish list of compensation being claimed includes barring the sale, manufacture and import of nearly every Apple product in the United States. And, the lawyers were good enough to request a jury trial. Wheeeee!
The guys at Cupertino are always coming up with something new, from iPods that function as phones to full-fledged tablet computers. It's easy to forget that once upon a time, patents for devices like the iPhone and iPad left us scratching our heads (check out this blog post from 2006, if you need proof). To this day, Apple keeps us on our toes, and we can't help but wonder what amazing gadget will appear from their latest crazy patent applications. So, we scoured Patently Apple for 10 of the lastest, most ridiculous patents we could find -- only because we know, one day, Apple will surprise us with yet another device that will blow us away.
It's always exciting to take a peek into what Apple's working on lately, and a surefire way to do so is to take a look at some of Apple's latest filed patents. Recently, Apple filed two very intriguing patents for new iOS technologies. One reveals the company's plans to integrate projectors into iOS devices for use with the Mac, and the other is for "schematic maps", which is what AppleInsider calls dynamic maps on the iPhone that lets you zoom in on roads and landmarks to make navigation easier to follow.
If we told you there were patents galore in this week's news, would that surprise you? Well, what if we told you iLife everywhere, Facebook and the BBC on the iPad, and a new king of the smartphone manufacturing world? Well, there's that and there's more in this week's hottest Apple news. Just make sure you don't burn before reading.
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.
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.
US and Canadian courts clear the way for Apple and gang to buy patent portfolio from Nortel and continue ongoing intellectual property wars. Now that court approval is out of the way, the sale is expected to be finalized in about a month, with the money being distributed to creditors of Nortel.
The word seems to be refresh, reloaded, ready to roll. Stock shortages, sales shrinkage, all of the rumor mongering, off the predictions aiming us for updates and refreshes of current models with new and amazing features. The Top Ten Hottest Apple news stories this week is filled with expectations, and some of them will melt your face off. Hail to the King, baby!