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Apple Chief Patent Lawyer Leaves After Android Loss 101

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the we're-all-friends-here dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that Richard Lutton, Apple's current chief patent lawyer, is reportedly leaving the company after failing to block Android manufacturers from using iPhone-like features. 'It's possible that Apple's leadership wants the patent department to become more effective, especially in terms of litigation,' says intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller. 'They are probably disappointed that the first ITC complaint against HTC didn't go too well.' ... In addition Apple is aggressively seeking an injunction on Samsung's flagship Galaxy lineup." Samsung also happens to be displeased with Apple using their former legal counsel.
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Apple Chief Patent Lawyer Leaves After Android Loss

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  • Re:Or maybe... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Virtucon (127420) on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @02:37PM (#36738058)

    What makes them bogus? If you have a patent it is perfectly fine for you to go after an infringing entity. It's up to the courts to decide based on the evidence provided if there was indeed an infringement. If there has been infringement the court has a latitude of remedies available under law. What's usually missing is the remedies for patent trolls who produce nothing and just own intellectual property. That will require congress to grow a pair and finally act.

       

  • by tyrione (134248) on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @02:54PM (#36738348) Homepage

    While Apple has done a lot of innovation in the previous years, it seems now they started to lose the innovation battle. Since they can't innovate in tech anymore they're probably thinking they should try to innovate in the legal area... let's see how will the Apple fans digest that thought...

    Thanks for the laugh. Apple has the most lawsuits filed against it in the entire Industry. It's not because it's running around filing frivolous lawsuits. It's because it's innovating and people see it making massive inroads into areas once controlled by other players. With the heavy investment in R&D being so efficient at Apple resulting in a massive increase in Apple Patents they are required to defend them or lose them.

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