From the 1980s to the present, Apple Inc.
has been plaintiff or defendant in civil actions in the United States
and other countries. Several of these actions have determined significant case law
for the technology industry, while others simply captured the attention of the public and media. Apple's litigation generally involves intellectual property
disputes, but it litigates in other areas as well. Between January 2008 and May 2010, Apple, Inc. filed more than 350 cases with the US Trademark office alone, most in opposition to or taking exception to others' use of the terms 'apple', 'pod', and 'safari': those cases include sellers of apples (the fruit), as well as many others' less unassuming use of the term 'apple'.
Apple iPod, iTunes antitrust litigation
The case In re Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation
was filed as a class-action in 2005 claiming Apple violated the U.S. antitrust
statutes in operating a music-downloading monopoly
that it created by changing its software design to the proprietary FairPlay
encoding in 2004, resulting in other vendors' music files being incompatible with and thus inoperable on the iPod. The suit initially alleged that five days after RealNetworks
released in 2004 its Harmony
technology making its... Read More