Apple defeats patent troll

| Oct 23, 2014 | Intellectual Property Litigation

Much was made about the colossal legal battle between electronics rivals Apple and Samsung. The rivalry still continues after Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month. Samsung promises that the “next big thing” is already here, with the latest generation of its Galaxy Notes models debuting this month.

In the meantime, Apple still has to defend itself against legal attacks from smaller entities. The company recently defeated a patent infringement lawsuit brought by GPNE, a Honolulu based company that claimed Apple’s iPhones and iPad tablets infringed upon GPNE’s patents. Recode.net explained that Apple was happy with the verdict and labeled GPNE as a “patent troll.”

Much like the troll in the tale “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” patent trolls are entities that make their earnings buying relatively benign patents that could be components in larger mechanisms, then suing larger companies to enforce their rights to the patent. This essentially leads to the company settling with the patent troll; usually with a sum of money. Hence the comparison to the troll that lived under the bridge who threatened to eat the goats if they crossed.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to defend against patent trolls. One such way is to find a legal remedy by proving that a company’s product does not infringe upon the patent. Also, a company threatened with litigation can prove that the troll’s patent was not valid in the first place. Either, way, defending patent infringement claims can be a complicated process that requires an experienced attorney. 

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