Although the patent wars between Apple
and its various competitors sometimes seems to border on the ridiculous with an endless stream of suits and counter-suits, one trend is emerging: Apple has been winning lately.
Most recently, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Apple in HTC
’s suit against Apple for allegedly violating four patents. (Of course, HTC will appeal the ruling.)
This follows a Hague ruling that shot down Samsung
’s suit against Apple for violating patents and a ruling in Australia that banned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in that country because of Apple’s litigation.
Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the Samsung and Apple faced off in a California court last week. Samsung has also filed suit to attempt to block iPhone 4 sales in Japan and Australia.
Further down the rabbit hole we go. Imagine if these tech juggernauts could spend all that money fighting each other in court on R&D instead.