Apple Has Spent 100 Million+ Dollars On Android War

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Apple Has Spent 100 Million+ Dollars On Android War

The never-ending war on Android has cost Apple more than $100 million, according to latest estimates. While a huge chunk of that money was spent (read wasted) in claims against HTC.

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Newsweek reporter Dan Lyons mentioned these figures in a blog post. He said,

A person close to the situation tells me there’s a rumor going around among the lawyers that Apple spent $100 million just on its first set of claims against HTC. Who knows if it’s true, but if so, Apple didn’t get a lot for its money.

So far, 84 claims have been filed against different Android manufacturers (HTC, Samsung etc.) for patent infringments, out of which only 10 were proved to have been infringed and only one ruling has gone in Apple’s favour.

So Apple started out with 10 patents — presumably its best ones — and ended up with a tiny victory on just one. Was that worth $100 million?

Actually, most of the infringements were a small feature of the software such as tapping phone number in an email or webpage to call or send a text — that means the other party can simply resolve that by either removing the feature or implement it in a different way, and that’s exactly what HTC and Samsung did. 😉

Using its patents to keep competitors out of the market has proved to be a bad idea for Apple. What you think of this? Let us know in comments.

[via 9to5mac]

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10 Comments on “Apple Has Spent 100 Million+ Dollars On Android War”

  1. I think it is stupid that apple is going through all this trouble over such trivial things. For instance, if suddenly Motorola released a phone called the kPhone with kOS and it just happened to have the body of an iPhone with a small adjustment I would understand, but being able to send a text through writing a number? Unnecessary.

     I like the company, not its iPhone in particular, but spending the estimated $100 million just to shut out competition isn’t the right way to go.  I thought Apple supported competition. :/

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  3. Why not a realistic title?  Apple’s Frivolous Lawsuits cost 100million.  The same could be said for many of Microsoft’s suits and pending suits (B&N for example).
    Maybe if the media starts calling it what it is:  “Attempts to stifle competition at the expense of everyone!” People will wake up and request some changes to the IP Patent laws Bush 1 handed to big money.

  4. I’m a fan of a lot of Apple’s products, but I totally agree that this is a waste of time and money and not in the best interests of anybody.

    Apple should focus on creating great products rather than creating great lawsuits against Android

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