Infograph highlights Apple's litigious ways

Infograph highlights Apple's litigious ways
This is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment, but there are some aspects of truth to it. Not too many companies run their in-house legal department as a revenue generating unit like Apple does, and when you consider that Apple won a $1.05 billion jury award against Samsung last year, you see what we mean. For those of you older than today's school kids, who are just as likely to be carrying around a top-shelf handset as working stiffs, you might remember the early days of the Apple iPhone.

Once the Apple iPhone was branded a success, the device was reverse engineered up the wazoo as other phone manufacturers needed to put out a competitive model. Fearful of Apple's patents, you might recall that the early so-called iPhone killers like the LG Voyager or the Samsung Instinct (non-smartphones, by the way) or even the Motorola DROID, did not come to market with multitouch and pinch-to-zoom. Eventually, a software update brought the capability to the Motorola DROID.

Since 2011, Apple patent battles have developed into a cottage industry and judging by the media and public attention received by last year's Apple-Samsung legal battle, the next trial set for 2014 could have the anticipation reserved for the Super Bowl or a heavyweight fight. And the participants are becoming as well known as any NFL quarterback. Think we're overstating this? We bet you can recognize a picture of Judge Lucy Koh more quickly than you can identify a photo of the Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

source: AndroidGuys



1. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012


16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A necessity in order to protect your products and your business.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I really think apple have done themselve in. The negetive publicity generated by those lawsuits are priceless for their competitors. End result, more sales for other phone brandings. I for one has stop buying apple products for i will never support a company that favor litigation over innovation.

23. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Understand that Apple's public perception has not changed. The general public doesn't go to tech websites unless they are looking for reviews. They don't care about what the company does, they only care about the product. Example, do you look up the news of what Nike is doing right now? BP? General Motors? MGM Casino & Resort? No. You use their products and go home. The people that do look up the news on those companies are enthusiasts. Apple's stock is going down because everyone wants to see them sell like they did a few years ago and it's just not possible. There was a day when the iPhone was as good as it got. Apple has competition now and although they continue to have record years, they aren't making huge gains like they did when their competition was the G1 or Windows Phone 7. Investors are the reason Apple's stock went down...not the general public.

26. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Disagree. It's seen in comments every day. It's seen every day in the form of people buying a 'different' smartphone now, whereas before it was all about the iphone. It's all over the news all the time as well and in the papers. People don't have to go to tech sites anymore to get the lowdown. There are 'tech' segments on the news and the articles in the Business section of the paper. Apple stock going down is trifold, because for one: yes, they peaked and second: their competitors have passed and 'are' passing them now, and three: bad publicity from lawsuits.

28. ZeroCide

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Of course not you all just drink the apple flavored kool-aid.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

does anything owned by APPLE really OWNED by APPLE?

2. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

This is better than cable

3. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I think Apple has a department that HAS to sue. These lawsuits keep them on the headlines (cheap advertising) and all while degrading other manufacturers. Apple is playing with them. Apple wants to control the other phone makes even if their product is original. HTC for example. HTC has been around for a while and have kept similar design through most of their devices.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I kinda agree. I think most companies have company lawyers...but for some strange reason Apple's lawyers are sue happy. Is it Apple or their lawyers? Either way it is crazy... Anytime they wanted to sue Motorola for the Xoom...for hardware?? Somethings wrong.....seriously....

4. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Should probably make this into a tv series...

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@Alan: Hold on a second here. While I don't disagree that other OEMs looked at the iphone's seeming cosumer appeal and success in offering similar designs (which were on the market or in development before the iphone say the light of day), the iphone itself was a product of reverse engineering, blatant copying, and willful infringement, in essence apple decided to make an ipod phone, copied others' tech to do it, then started suing the original makers (or licensees thereof) that tech. Or have you forgotten the great apple vs. Nokia trial where apple got pounded to the floor (and had Nokia enforced its patents as aggressively as apple sies theirs, we wouldn't have had any more iphones)?

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This is not the point of the article. Hes not trying to prove anything to you. Hes simply following the trial.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I am well aware of that, but Alan lets his bias show through too often, which is unbecoming on what should be an unbiased article about legal proceedings. It's more than OK to have opinions, but in journalism, especially legal journalism, such things should be kept from reports duh as these

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The Real Face of Apple: The Accuser = The Devil = A Apple in the hand, is the forbidden fruit.

24. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm sure I'll get thumbed down...but I can't help it... The Apple (which was never specified other than fruit) was from the Tree of Knowledge. From which man gained his intelligence. The snake was not named as the devil and is in fact one of those stories of why nature is the way it is (the snake crawls on its belly because god cursed him to be that way). Christians like to make the association...but the Bible doesn't. The Accuser was actually the character of "Satan" not the Devil or Lucifer. Although Christians like to mesh the two, Satan works for god as a prosecutor against man, but is still very my in god's company. Lucifer is the fallen angel that opposed god and was cast out of heaven. Lucifer means Morning Star, Satan means accuser or opposer.

27. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I won't thumb you down, although what you're saying are half truths... Much like what the Devil did, at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil... Their eyes were opened to see their nakedness and they hid from God, it was God that made them clothes, not they themselves... They was still dumb, still learning. That ole Serpent was the Devil- You mentioned God cursed him, "WHY"... Re-read that part of your Bible please... The Accuser is Satan, he is the Devil, his name is Lucifer. It means "Day Star" not "Morning Star" Jesus Christ is the "Morning Star"!!! Satan the Devil does not "work for God"! The Angel of Death "Azrael" works for God... He's not the Devil. May God bless you fanboy... @JeffdaBeat

30. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Leave it to Christians to get their own religion incorrect. I never said anything about whether knowledge was good or evil...just that it occurred and man gained his knowledge. That was completely true. I also never said man clothed himself. So yeah. You're making the association between Lucifer and the snake, not the Bible. I'd challenge you to read your Bible. Also again...Satan is in god's employ. Lucifer was cast out of Heaven. They are two different characters. ANY documentary on Angels/Demons and every Biblical Historian will mention that even early Christians separated the two. Read you Bible or get the short versions here:

31. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

OK, Mr. JeffdaBeat man gain his knowledge, and that knowledge made Adam&Eve ashamed that they were naked. But still not smart enough to make themselves clothes. "Genesis 3:20" You're right i'm assuming that Lucifer (Satan) seduced our first parents into sin, from in the snake "Genesis 3:1", Adam ruled all the animals but God put enmity between it (serpent) and man... Why? Don't be fooled, in the end that great dragon will be cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan... Revelation 12:9, Matthew 12:26. You say Christian get their own religion incorrect, hahaha Whatever!

7. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

page 3 last line, "Samsung says designs apple is suing over actually stolen from sony" o_o? didnt know that one. Sony can sue samsung but doesnt, now thats how competotors should compete without lawsuits. LEARN APPLE!

14. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The claim was that Apple stole the designs from Sony. Its not too far fetched, either. Sony and the LG Prada.

8. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

well apple won a battle but not the war their lost in court in japan ,UK,germany,nertherland an more to come all for the same reason


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I Think developers should develop an app for ios called "i-sue" and keep updating everything apple sued from the beginning of time. You Never know there could be a lot of things we missed about apple.

11. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Summary: Don't buy apple stuff and fuel litigation against innovation...

29. ZeroCide

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

There is NO innovation from apple anyways.

13. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

And all of this within two years...can't wait to see how the next two years unfold. I'm sure we'll see a few of Samsung's upcoming devices added to the suit, and we'll see almost as many Apple devices released to less and less excitement as time goes by. Seriously, how many phones/tablets can you release within a year that bear very few improvements over the previous ones? If I was an Apple fan, I would be outraged and insulted. But that's just me going off on a tangent here. The "thermonuclear war" that Steve Jobs wanted has just begun, and I don't see it ending anytime soon.

15. ilia1986 unregistered

And this is why me and many others hate apple so much.

17. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Oh please you're a huge apple fan.

22. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

apple has whiffed again in its attenpt to get a court to ban sammy productin the U.S. an has today the U.S.Circuit Count of appeals in Washington,D.C. said it will stand by an earlier ruling reject apple request to ban US sales of the samsung galaxy nexus Smartphone. Apple had asked the court to reconsider its earlier other word the latest move is a Big Blow for apple... love this an apple lost again lol

25. Nobuga

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Apple is just for eating, not for buying. -Google

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