Well, it is Halloween, and the patent trolls are trick-or-treating in Cupertino. A Texas based company is looking to get a bag of cash treats from Apple because of a patent dispute, and a woman and her son from Canada are spooked because, she claims in a class-action suit, Apple is stalking them. Sometimes, we suspect, Cupertino lawyers probably wish they were allowed to just turn out the lights and not answer the door.
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.