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Apparently #winning is not enough -- complaints could come back to bite Apple, provide ammo for Android rivals

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) supporters hailed Chicago, Illinois Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals  Judge Richard Posner's ruling as a landmark in the gadgetmaker's case against new Google Inc. (GOOG) almost-subsidiary (pending Chinese approval) and top Android phonemaker, Motorola Mobility.  

Not only did uphold most of Apple's claim construction regarding Apple's asserted intellectual property rights, U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 -- the infamous "multi-touch patent" -- it also admonished Motorola's counterarguments.  Supporters said that the strong victory could clear the way for something even they weren't sure if they were comfortable with -- a complete ban of America's current top smartphone platform, Android.

So how did Apple respond to this wonderful legal gift that Judge Posner handed it?

Apparently "complained" would be the proper term.  Astoundingly Apple filed a motion challenging some aspects of the Judge's Claim Construction, which it felt might weaken its "thermonuclear" quest to destroy all of the top Android phonemakers' sales.

But much like Napoleon's bold invasion of Moscow, followed by a ruinous retreat, Apple may have made a fatal miscalculation in angering Judge Posner who once appeared to be on its side.  Judge Posner called Apple's filing "troubling" and writes [PDF]:

Apple presumably spent a nontrivial amount of time drafting its order, and now I have done the same in responding to it. Yet it seems that Apple brought about this expenditure of scarce resources without first making a careful reading of the page or so of my order against which this motion is launched. Such inconsiderate sloppiness is unprofessional and unacceptable.

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Judge Posner's tone with Apple shifted dramatically. [Image Source: Appellate Lawyers Assoc.]

Given Judge Posner's strong reputation in U.S. Federal legal circles, his criticism of Apple's legal staff as "unprofessional" is very "troubling" for the Cupertino gadgetmaker, to borrow his term.  That criticism goes well beyond his harshest words to Motorola's lawyers to date.

Again, it's somewhat baffling why Apple would turn around and burn itself on the eve of its greatest triumph in U.S. Federal Court.  However, some grateful Motorola lawyers are surely thanking the heavens for this inexplicable turn of events.

An important note is that Motorola started the lawsuits with an Oct. 2010 filing against Apple claiming infringement of 18 patents.  However, given that Apple had just filed a lawsuit against HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) and had admittedly threatened both Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) and Motorola with litigation, it appears this may have been a "preemptive strike".  Sure enough, Apple sued Motorola later that month.  So far Apple has done better in the U.S., though Motorola did get several key patents invalidated.

A non-biased observer could argue that Apple started the lawsuit war with Android, but Samsung and Motorola escalated it with new suits, and a host of international filings.  Likewise, such an observer might point out that a piece of the culpability lies with Windows Phone maker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) who kicked off the lawsuit wars in 2009, suing Apple over 10 patents and filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban iPhone imports from their manufacturing location in China.  That ban request was the first of its kind and would be echoed in later ITC filings by Apple and its Android rivals.  Wikipedia maintains an excellent timeline of the lawsuit wars.

Source: SBNation

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By retrospooty on 4/4/2012 3:52:30 PM , Rating: 5
The judge just learned that Apple behaves like a pre-teen spoled brat. The rest of the tech community already knew that.

Apple = Textbook example of a Napolean complex.

RE: Soooo.....
By Cobra Commander on 4/4/2012 4:02:03 PM , Rating: 5
You're not expressing yourself very well: they have the anti-Napoleon Complex of superiority, not inferiority.

RE: Soooo.....
By dark matter on 4/4/2012 5:16:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think people more than understood his point. Isn't that the very essence of language?

RE: Soooo.....
By michael2k on 4/4/2012 5:51:23 PM , Rating: 5
No; they didn't understand his point, they accepted his mistake.

Meaning, they just redefined "Napoleon complex".

RE: Soooo.....
By retrospooty on 4/4/2012 5:49:35 PM , Rating: 4
Actually I do beleive Jobs had a major napolean complex. He felt small, therefore tried to overcompensate.

Apple as a company does act like a child.

RE: Soooo.....
By Jeffk464 on 4/4/2012 9:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he felt small, I think he was super anal retentive and lacked empathy for the people around him.

RE: Soooo.....
By vol7ron on 4/4/2012 11:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression that he felt big and cocky, like he was above everyone else, which is a superiority complex, but not a Napoleon complex. It would only be a Napoleon Complex he was actually (literally) small.

His particular situation was more similar to the Douchebag or Fratboy Complex, which seems to be more common in, but not limited to, the wealthier Californian areas. South Park, a worthy news source, did a good job reporting these types of people in an episode about smog and Prius drivers.

Please don't get mad over any of the above

RE: Soooo.....
By Samus on 4/5/2012 1:31:34 AM , Rating: 4
Apple will just say the lawyers filed it wrong...

RE: Soooo.....
By Natch on 4/5/2012 8:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
Or the judge interpreted it wrong. He should have gotten out his oiuja board, and contacted Steve Jobs in the afterlife, to find out how to interpret it correctly.

RE: Soooo.....
By vol7ron on 4/5/2012 7:59:30 PM , Rating: 3
When I did this... I asked Jobs about my iPad and he laughed about how much money iPaid.

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