Apple's executive in charge of the patent portfolio tipped to be leaving the company

Apple's executive in charge of the patent portfolio tipped to be leaving the company
Richard "Chip" Lutton Junior, who was managing Cupertino's portfolio of patents, is tipped to be leaving Apple, with his name being replaced by BJ Watrous, who's been a deputy general counsel at Hewlett-Packard before, in charge precisely of IP licensing.

It is unclear why one of Apple's main patent people is leaving the company at such an opportune moment. Apple is currently engaged in patent lawsuits with a lot of high-rolling names - Samsung and HTC being the most recent that it filed complaints with the ITC about.

Moreover, the $4.5 billion bid for Nortel's patents that got won by the funny consortium named Rockstar Bidco, which includes Apple, got approved yesterday by US and Canadian courts, despite antitrust doubts, so Cupertino's patent holdings are now even stronger.

Well, the guy might have just felt overworked with all that litigation and patent mudslinging going on in the mobile industry right now. We kid, but it's certainly an interesting development that shows the patent lawsuit game might be far from over yet.

source: Reuters

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7 Comments

1. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

wwoooowww finally someone in apple got what they called MORALS!

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

its call Vacation and most of us need on too

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I guess Apple isnt totally braindead and hatemongering after all, someone still has common sense in the company by canning this guy.

4. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Am I the only one too busy staring at that freaking sweet apple shaped phone to care about the article?

5. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

if that's what the iPhone looked like, I would definitely get one!

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7. ashutosh unregistered

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