We doubt Apple will get much sympathy here, but the Californians have been uncharacteristically forthcoming with a bunch of stats pertaining to patent-related litigation.
Specifically, Apple reveals that it’s been the target of numerous patent trolls, more than any other company in the past three years.
The figures are relayed by Chicago Tribune, with credit going to recent filings with the Federal Trade Commission and Supreme Court.
The Californians rue: “Apple has rarely lost on the merits. But victory figures as small consolation, because in every one of these cases, Apple has been forced to bear its legal fees. This reality is the lifeblood of the patent assertion industry.
“Indeed, the opening line of many negotiations is some form of, ‘What we’re asking for is less than it will cost you to litigate this case to judgment.’ It should come as no surprise, then, that despite its success in litigating the merits, for business purposes Apple has agreed to a settlement in 51 of the 57 closed cases.”
That’s 57 of 92 Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) in total over the past three years, brought forth by trolls whose only business is suing over patents. The trolls don’t invent, manufacture or sell products, but merely use patents to negotiate royalties.
Over on ArsTechnica, a lengthy Apple quote singles out Lodsys Group, which continually brings legal action against iOS developers pertaining to in-app purchasing. Unsurprisingly, Lodsys Group’s focus is very much on developers who cannot afford the necessary legal fees. You mother fuggers.