Instead, the reason Apple is sued so frequently these days has more to do with how much money the company has in the bank (over $100-billion) than the number of patents being infringed. Need money? Sue Apple. It’s easy.
I Sued Apple Because…
Anyone with a patent that is even remotely connected to anything Apple does or puts into a product these days is a good candidate for a lawsuit.
It isn’t just Samsung, Motorola, and other industry giants that tussle with Apple in the courtroom.
Apparently, some folks just wandering around town can come up with a good reason (or, at least, an interesting reason) to sue our favorite Mac maker.
One that caught my eye last month was a lawsuit from a California man who was so unhappy with iOS that he decided to sue Apple.
What does he want? A million dollars? A gold iPhone 5S? No, he wants Apple to remove iOS 7 from all his iDevices and pay him $50 for his troubles.
Apple may get sued for allegedly infringing upon patents, but the company is lathered in patent attorneys and often sues back.
In fact, Apple gets sued so often that one lawsuit against the company hit the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013.
Was the lawsuit from Motorola? Was is more legal shenanigans from Samsung? No, it all had to do with p-o-r-n.
The Top 10 list had a lawsuit from an inmate who sued the beer companies because of his life of crime. A grown man sued his parents for their indifference to his problems.
Apple made the Top 10 list at #10 this way:
A man who says he became addicted to pornography after accidentally visiting an adult website is suing Apple for not blocking them. According to the plaintiff, the sites “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and led to an unwanted addiction with adverse consequences,” including “desiring, younger more beautiful girls featured in porn videos than his wife, who was no longer 21.”
Oh, the humanity.
That’s the kind of lawsuit that should tell us something. Apple has deep pockets and if you sue for a frivolous reason, one of three things might happen. First, Apple might settle and you’d cash in.
Second, the judge tosses your lawsuit and you out the window and you get nothing. Or, third, either one or two happens but the news of your lawsuit goes viral, you explain it all on YouTube, and the video goes viral, and you make a bundle by sharing ad revenue with Google.
So, what would make a worthy lawsuit against Apple? Worthy enough to get on a #10 list or become a viral hit?
Sue Apple because Tim Cook stole your idea about selling iPhones to China Mobile. Or, sue Apple because Apple should pay you to use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, even though they’re free.
Or, my favorite, sue Apple because every product you buy is instantly obsolete as soon as a new product is released and you’re tired of trying to have the latest and greatest. If a guy can sue Apple because p-o-r-n caused problems in his love life, you can sue because Pages, Numbers, and Keynote made you crazy.