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Apple Chief Patent Lawyer Leaves After Android Loss 101

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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  • by Trufagus ( 1803250 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @02:42PM (#36738144)

    It's starting to appear that Florian Mueller is spamming /.?

    He was long ago discredited, and yet his useless posts are showing up quite regularly as the source of /. articles. Presumably he is using /. to increase his pagerank.

  • by LynnwoodRooster ( 966895 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @03:32PM (#36739002) Journal

    Apples only makes one model of each and there is little room for innovation.

    Even worse, Apple makes 50% of their revenue - and over 50% of their profits - from a SINGLE product in a SINGLE market (iPhone in smartphones). ANY loss in growth or actual loss in marketshare in that market or with that product means a direct, corresponding 2:1 loss in their revenue and profit (lose 2% in iPhone sales, lose 1% of your revenue).

    Apple pretty much has a single product - the iPhone. Everything else totaled is the minority revenue and profit generator for Apple. If they take ANY hits to the iPhone, they're in a very bad position. This is why Apple is getting so aggressive about cell phones - they are so dependent on that single product in a single market that they cannot afford any loss in growth of that product in that market.

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford