Report: Steve Jobs vowed to patent everything after losing $100 million lawsuit

As many of you know, Apple has gone a little patent-happy in recent years, or more specifically, since the iPhone launch. That all came to be because of a lawsuit in which Apple lost $100 million to a company named Creative Technologies over the iPod. According to the New York Times’s report, Apple engineers would have monthly “invention disclosure sessions” where a they would explain their projects currently in the works, and a lawyer would listen in to decide if it could be patented. However, even if the idea wasn’t patentable, it would still file just to try. One former Apple lawyer put it simply, “If nothing else, it prevents another company from trying to patent the idea.”

Apple has been granted over 4,100 patents since 2001. Last year, Cupertino even spent more money on filing patents than research and development. Those patents have come in handy though, as shown by Apple’s win over Samsung for over $1 billion. Apple isn’t the only one suing people either; other companies sue them and Apple will simply find something to counter-sue. The Samsung case was indeed the most notable so far though.

What do you think? Is Apple patenting too much? Should it focus more on building and developing new products? Let us know in the comments.


Via: BGR, Cult of Mac, NYT

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  • Iphone 4S user

    I honestly think Apple should really slow down on patenting and invest their money elsewhere.  We can take Iphone 5 as an example, yes their is a change, but it wasn’t a significant one comparing the 3GS to 4.  People will always know what Apple came up with and know they are the original people who thought of the idea, knowing that they are the original, how many people would want to buy something that people just copy off of?

  • shm224

    It’s simply laughable that Creative Tech lawsuit had something to do with Apple’s frivolous lawsuits against competitors.  Apple was widely known for its patent trolling way earlier than that.  In fact go check Jonathan Schwartz blog,
    Now, I think Apple’s problem isn’t that they were victimized by a small media company called Creative Tech in 2006, but that Appel is quite delusional enough to believe that they invent everything, while everyone else is stealing their great ideas.  It is I think true that Apple is a successful market, but to say Apple invented/innovated/created is too lame.