Apple Should Give Up Its Mobile Patent Lawsuit Campaign: 10 Reasons Why
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple has been embroiled in patent-infringement lawsuits for years now with mixed results that haven't done much to improve its bottom line. They certainly haven't done anything to improve relations with its competitors. Isn't it about time the company eased up on the litigation?It seems every week there's a news story cropping up saying that Apple has either launched a lawsuit against a mobile competitor or that competitor has launched a lawsuit against the iPhone maker. Those are usually followed by a court ruling made by a judge halfway around the world, deciding if a patent brought before him or her is violated by a respective mobile product. The litigation never ends. So far, much of the lawsuit activity has been between Apple and Samsung. Both companies are performing exceedingly well in the mobile market, and each firm's products are threats to the other's. However, so far, neither company has been able to gain the upper hand, and it appears the chances of the lawsuits coming to an end any time soon are slim. Looking at the rest of 2012, it appears Apple and Samsung will be waging court battles in even more wide-ranging jurisdictions around the world.
But it's about time all that stops. Apple should realize that its lawsuits are not helping its operation in any way. It should discontinue all the patent-infringement lawsuits it has pending against Samsung and Motorola, along with any other mobile patent infringement suits it is contemplating. The lawsuits are hurting Apple and its standing in the industry. It's about time it moves on.