Apple Inc (AAPL) Has Busy Intellectual Property Weekend

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), for being the largest tech company in the world, certainly had a hard time being in the background when it comes to tech news. If something is happening in the tech world, Apple (AAPL) is somehow mentioned, even when it doesn’t intend to be. Why? Because it is so big, most every piece of tech news involving a company inevitably gets compared to Apple one way or another. But on this day, Apple is busy even by its own standards when it comes to intellectual property news. The reports involving Cupertino have to do with one IP lawsuit being closed, another one being initiated, and the company adding two more patents to its robust portfolio. Let’s take a quick look at the IP news items, which all will likely be digested by investors like billionaire fund manager Bill Miller of Legg Mason Capital Management over the coming days and weeks and how these might affect future fortunes of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).

Bill Miller

HTC v. APPLE – LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF!

HTC, a struggling handset company, has been going back and forth in courtrooms with claims and counterclaims of patent infringement with Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), and the two companies have now met over a conference room table and reached a 10-year licensing deal in exchange for the dismissal of all pending lawsuits. No further details about the deal are forthcoming at this point, but with HTC market share cut in half over the last year (11 percent down to 5 percent), it would seem that the deal would keep HTC viable for at least a while longer.

TWO NEW PATENTS

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been awarded a couple of new patents, both of which have to do with touch sensors and touchscreen technology. One patent allows for multiple items to be selected (similar to holding down the “Ctrl” button and the mouse on a keyboard) and activated at the same time, which would save energy to the device in terms or processing these requests. The other patent is a bit more broad and complex, but it has something do with eliminating a lot of unnecessary information when a user selects a category of interest in a particular location. While finding information has been made easier, apparently the challenge has been for the user to cut through all of the information that is outdated or irrelevant and get to what the user specifically needs.

APPLE SUED AGAIN

As what does seem to happen often when a company is the top dog, others try to knock it down. The new attack on Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) comes from a Texas company called NovelPoint, which is claiming that the iPhone 4S and other Apple devices infringed on its patent, which is described as a “Method and Apparatus for an Automatic Vehicle Location, Collision Notification, and Synthetic Voice.” But this lawsuit has a bit of a twist to it, in that NovelPoint is not only suing Apple Inc (AAPL) for its own infringement, but it is also going after the company for “enabling” or “abetting” third-party location-based services to allegedly infringe the same patent. Sort of like, the OS of an iPhone is the gateway to future infringements by other vendors. That is something that has not been handled by the courts yet, so it would be one to watch.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

The 13 Most Expensive Headphones in the World to Represent

The Top 20 Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

4 BuzzWorthy Cannabis Stocks And Some Smoking Derivative Plays

The 10 Healthiest Fast Food Chains in America to Dine At

The 5 Most Expensive Cat Food Brands You Can Spoil Your Kitty With

The 6 Best eCommerce Platforms for Small Businesses

The 10 Worst Mistakes an Entrepreneur Can Make

The 5 Most OP Characters in League of Legends to Carry Games and Crush Foes With

The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before Running that Will Help You Pound the Pavement

10 Glaring Plot Holes in The Walking Dead that a Zombie-Filled Bus Could Drive Through

The 5 Biggest Celebrity Stoners Who Love Their Reefer

The 10 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time by Out-of-Touch Critics

Top 6 Least Expensive Cruise Destinations For 2015 that Will Take You to Paradise

10 States with Lowest Substance Abuse Rates in America

The 14 Most Watched TV Finales Ever

The 10 Best Selling Role Playing Games of All Time for PC

10 Most Influential Papers In Economics

Top 8 Biggest Charities in the US

10 Worst Celebrity Career Moves Ever

Top 10 Best Paid Tennis Stars in the World

10 Cities with High Demand for Nurses

6 of the Worst Greeting Card Messages Ever Crafted

How to Make Money in ArcheAge and Build Your Empire

10 Foods To Eat To Lower Cholesterol Levels

The 10 Most Hated Television Characters of All Time

The 30 Worst Halloween Costume Ideas Ever Brought to Horrible Life

10 Vocational Skills in Demand Today with Jobs Waiting to be Filled

10 Best Places to Visit in Central and South America

The 10 Greatest Empires in History Which Nearly Conquered the World

The 6 Cheapest Boarding Schools In America 2015

5 Clear Reasons LoL is Better than DotA, Continues to Rule MOBAs

The Only 9 Teams with a Chance to Win the Super Bowl

The 15 Most Common Phobias in America that Induce Fits of Panic

Top 6 Least Expensive Tourist Destinations in 2014

Jim Goetz, Peter Fenton, Jim Breyer: Top 6 Venture Investors for 2014

Top 15 Billionaires in 2014

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying a Franchise

Top 20 Medical Schools in the US – 2014 Rankings

4 Business Strategies that Turned Jamie Oliver into the World’s Richest Chef

6 Qualities That Make You A Good Team Player

10 High Paying Seasonal Jobs in America this Holiday Season

The 10 Busiest Shipping Lanes in the World

5 Most Valuable Brands in China

The 10 States with Highest Substance Abuse Rates Crippling Their Populace

The Top 10 Things to Do Before You Die That Will Echo for Eternity

The 10 Best Selling Items on Etsy

Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo, the Greatest City in the World

10 Mistakes on Social Media that Can Harm You and Will Probably Get You Canned

The 10 Best Cities to Find Jobs in 2014

The 10 Most Controversial Songs Of All Time to Hit (and get Banned from) the Airwaves

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!