All Apple, all the time

From Gizmodo, this excellent post summarizing all of Apple Computer’s major legal IP battles (including the trademark battle with Apple Records, the Beatles’ record label and the resulting “sosumi” alert sound, the patent battle with Creative over the iPod’s nesting menus system, the devastating copyright battle with Microsoft, and the current IP battle with Psystar over Psystar’s Mac clones and the installation of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware) and their outcomes.

A company never afraid of a good IP fight, either as a plaintiff or defendant

A company never afraid of a good IP fight, either as a plaintiff or defendant

As a (former?) Mac Addict, I do bask in the glow of the amazing creativity that Apple, particularly when led by Mr. Jobs, has managed to emit.  As an IP attorney, I would have loved to have been involved with many of these disputes (particularly the trademark battles–APPLE itself is a somewhat tough brand, and they’ve done a good job protecting it but not going over the top by suing, say, Applebees because Apple Computer serves food in its employee dining room), but I have to recognize that it is still like any other business, and sometimes it may go a bit too far to protect its awesome ideas (at generally-above-market-prices).

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