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Apple (AAPL) is sued for patent infringement by Intertrust Technologies, an early pioneer in...

Apple (AAPL) is sued for patent infringement by Intertrust Technologies, an early pioneer in digital copyright protection jointly owned by Sony (SNE) and Royal Philips Electronics (PHG). Intertrust has won these things in the past, getting a $440M settlement from Microsoft in 2004.
Comments (17)
  • "Why wait for possible capital allocation when you can just sue their face off." -Plaintiff's Lawyer when asked about Apple
    20 Mar 2013, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • If you get to be the biggest fish in the pond, many are going try to get a piece of you. Nothing new here.
    20 Mar 2013, 04:51 PM Reply Like
  • Apple is hardly biggest fish in the pond, life doesn't revolve around Chinese toys, when you get sick, the medical equipment from Philips, GE, Siemens will be there, Apple has ZERO relevance
    21 Mar 2013, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • Doubtful they will win butr even if they do it will be peanuts to Apple considering the particular patents they listed...maybe a few hundred thousand based on what the others are paying for them.
    20 Mar 2013, 05:13 PM Reply Like
  • imitation and lawsuits are the sincerest forms of flattery
    20 Mar 2013, 06:20 PM Reply Like
  • why now if they sued microsoft in 2004
    20 Mar 2013, 06:48 PM Reply Like
  • They only sue those that have the cash. Expect the same going forward.
    20 Mar 2013, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • Well it's about time Apple gets a taste of their own medicine!

     

    Plenty of cash to go around... "who's next!"

     

    But seriously, Apple is no angel when it comes to 'borrowing' IP.
    20 Mar 2013, 07:37 PM Reply Like
  • facts please?
    21 Mar 2013, 05:12 AM Reply Like
  • Apple invents nothing, they repackage and farm out to China, they are a marketing BS hype machine, and falling fast without main circus barker..
    21 Mar 2013, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • Apple hopefully will sue the Plaintiffs' Attorneys'. These frivolous suits have to stop. Guess it's better than chasing ambulances. Apple must use our "held dividends" to squash these blood sucking Attorneys.
    21 Mar 2013, 02:18 AM Reply Like
  • It's NOT frivolous, PHILIPS has more active patents and stuff than most. Everybody steals PHILIPS ideas and inventions and think they don't need to pay. Pay up Apple, rotten Apple. MSFT also took and didn't paid, so of course Philips sues, and WINS!
    21 Mar 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • Beside the fact that Intertrust Technologies may have a valid claim, suing Apple is a great generator of publicity for a company that is generally not well known.
    21 Mar 2013, 02:34 AM Reply Like
  • No, it makes sue the thieves pay the true owner of the patents. Philips started in 1891, and still biggest lighting company #2 medical etc. Apple, has how many years left, in copying and keeping china employed? Apple is the next flop, real fast.
    21 Mar 2013, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • iPatent is not Apple's strong point: they sue Samsung and only got half of $1B when they asked for $3B, VernetX sued and won a few hundred million this year, and there is a 'pipeline' of legal issues ranging from a Taiwan university, countries where iPhones names are registered, ITU and European's 2-year warranty, and now this.

     

    For their next product, they need to make it 'copycat-proof' somehow. Use ecosystem, product registration, iron-clad reinforced patent portfolio, more aggressive lawyers, and hard-to-copy designs or hard-to-reproduce materials.
    21 Mar 2013, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • So Apple "only" got half a billion dollars (and they are appealing and can still get the other half) and you think they lost? Samsung is run by a convicted felon. Mr. Lee was convicted years ago for bribery. He is Samsungs chairman and it is not surprising Samsung is run by a convicted thief. They steal their tech.
    26 Mar 2013, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • AND, they didn't jail the criminal, cus s. Korea thinks he's special! In Germany, when Siemens dudes where found out doing similar stuff, fired jailed, and Siemens paid big fines, not s. Korea....and we just let them ship stuff right on in, like china, Japan etc, ya can't compete with criminals. We should just do business with Europe, and New Zealand! F' the others, they need us, we don't need them
    27 Mar 2013, 10:41 AM Reply Like
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