Apple’s courtroom battles with rivals like Samsung and HTC have been well-documented over the years, and it seems that not a month goes by without news of yet another legal tiff. That’s not because Apple likes to fight its rivals in court, it’s because the company has a zero tolerance policy on copycats, and it’s happy to fight to protect its intellectual property.
So it’s hardly surprising to hear that the Cupertino company is at the center of around 60% of all major mobile patent suits.
That’s according to Kanzatec IP Group, an intellectual-property consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, which believes the reason why Apple is involved in so many cases is its dominance in the market place, which, as we know, causes some companies to use its products as their inspiration.
“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.
It’s unlikely this situation will change anytime soon, either. It is in Apple’s blood to protect its property and prevent its rivals from borrowing too heavily from its designs and inventions, even if that means another lengthy legal battle and more bad press.
Walter Isaacson revealed in his biography of Steve Jobs that Apple’s co-founder and former CEO would have happily spend every single penny Apple had in the bank fight a “stolen” product — namely Android. And his successor, Tim Cook, feels the same way. He recently told Walt Mossberg during an interview at All Things D that Apple isn’t prepared to be anyone’s design house, and that it won’t stand for copycats.
As noted by iDownloadBlog, Apple rarely sues another company for money, because it already has enough of that. Instead it seeks to have those copycat products banned or modified so that they no longer infringe its intellectual property.