Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone back in 2007. At that time, he commented “and boy have we patented it.” The CEO knew that Apple had something special on its hands.
That was a thing that everyone else was going to try and replicate.
He was right. Those patents he was referring to have since been involved in hundreds of lawsuits around the world. In fact, a new report suggests that Apple is actually at the center of 60% of all major mobile litigation…
The news comes from Kanzatec IP Group, an intellectual property consulting firm based in Wichita, Kansas. This firm blamed the high percentage on Apple’s meteoric rise to the top of the mobile industry.
“With its growing global market share and huge amount of cash on hand for possible settlements, Apple is becoming a bigger and more attractive target for patent holders. “I would speculate that Apple will continue to be at the center of the litigation map of large mobile IT companies for as along as it maintains its dominant place in the market,” said Feisal Mosleh, a senior vice president at Kanzatec.”
However, Apple is not just a defendant in these patent suits. Majority of the time it starts Apple. There is another famous Steve Jobs quote, which comes from Walter Isaacson’s book:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Thermonuclear indeed. In the last two years, Apple has won a number of injunctions, on multiple continents. These injunctions banned the sales of products from Samsung, HTC and Motorola. And the way things are going right now, it is not planning on stopping any time soon.
But despite court justification, Apple has taken a lot of heat over its legal tactics. The phrase “Apple would rather sue the competition than innovate” is becoming increasingly popular in the mobile community.
However, that Apple does not typically (if ever) sue for cash settlements. It has money. It generally just requests sales bans, forcing manufacturers to remove their intellectual property from their devices. But that is probably just as bad.
Let us see how Apple would respond to this scenario.
Source: iDownload Blog