California is arguably the seat of the U.S. entertainment industry, so copyright -- the intellectual property means of protecting movies, books, movies and other media -- is quite important to many of our biggest home-grown companies.
Apple, arguably California's most-respected corporate citizen, has been sued by a company called Intertrust, alleging that Apple's line of products violate Intertrust's patents.
Apple is headquartered here in California, but its popular products are in demand all across the globe.
A one-time model and actress has filed a lawsuit in California against the production studio behind the hit cable series "Mad Men," alleging that its title sequences uses her likeness without her permission.
And so the cutthroat competition between technology companies continues: Earlier this month, Google filed a lawsuit in California against British telecom company BT Group PLC, just over a year after BT Group filed a lawsuit of its own against Google.