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Apple lawsuit wrap-up for June 2015

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June 2015 saw a number of Apple lawsuits that didn’t go their way, but as long as there are judges and lawyers and the ability to file appeals, courtroom battles will continue on.

  • Apple lost a trademark lawsuit against Myphone, a Philippines handset company. Apple argued that Myphone sounds “confusingly similar” to iPhone, but the Philippines’ Intellectual Property Office said that the “fame and popularity of iPhone in fact makes it improbable for one to confuse my|phone product as an iPhone.” Apple has 30 days to re-appeal the decision.
  • Shortly after the Apple Watch was introduced, the first patent troll filed a lawsuit over a patent that describes “a method of receiving and transmitting electronic signals, such as text messages or phone calls, on a vibrating device that can be strapped to a user’s wrist, and alerting a user to the received electronic signal by vibrating the device.”
  • It’s revealed that at least two Apple Store retail employees complained to Tim Cook about having their bags checked and that Apple managers “are required to treat ‘valued’ employees as criminals.” The first court hearing is scheduled for July 2nd.
  • As a result of the lawsuit Monster filed against Apple-owned Beats Electronics in January, Apple has revoked Monster’s right to make licensed accessories for Apple devices.
  • A123 Systems filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly poaching the electric-car battery maker’s employees, and it was dismissed after they reached a settlement.
  • Apple lost their anti-competitive lawsuit in Taiwan and was fined US $647,120.
  • Samsung requested an en banc review, where a case is heard before all the judges of a court, of an earlier ruling that left them with $399 million in damages in their legal battle against Apple.
  • Apple wants $15 million from Unwired Planet because they “asserted a menagerie of claims against Apple, presumably in the hope that something would stick and that Apple would tire of spending resources on litigating claims that would inevitably be abandoned.”
  • Evolved Wireless LLC, a non-practicing entity, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over “the lack of a license for a series of LTE patents that are part of the LTE standard.”
  • James Bruno, a former Apple Store manager, is suing Apple over unlawful sexual discrimination and retaliatory discharge after he complained how Apple “reports the dollar value of all sales transactions completed at each store, without adjusting the numbers to account for customer returns.”
  • Apple will pay $450 million, mostly to consumers, after a federal appeals court denied their challenge to a 2013 ruling finding them guilty of fixing ebook prices. Hopefully this will bring an end to a long legal battle between Apple and the US Department of Justice.
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