Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has not being doing so hot in its lawsuit campaign lately. Samsung recently won a 3G patent case against Apple in the Netherlands where Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was guilty of breaking part of the European Patent 1188269. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) has said they will be looking to be compensated by Apple. Additionally, while this ruling does not stop Apple from being able to sell the products in Netherlands, they must pay damages on every product that is sold. This is a significant victory for Samsung in the two company’s multi-national lawsuit campaign.
Apple’s next move was to try to rekindle a lawsuit against Motorola involving patent infringement. If Apple is able to win this case, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) will be forced to stop selling some of its phones. The company’s attorneys will represent the firm in Chicago today before Federal Judge Richard Posner, according to Reuters.
Posner canceled the trial in early June after the conclusion was made that Apple didn’t properly show any proof of infringement. Lucky for Apple, the courts approved Apple to appeal which is what is being done today. Analysts and Apple followers say this case is important for Apple because it could help Apple when they renegotiate terms and agreements with Motorola and Android in general. Keep in mind that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) acquired Motorola last year for $12.5 billion so this is important as Google and Apple reignite lawsuit battles.
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While Apple was handed a loss in Europe, the company can still rebound with a win against Motorola. A win against Motorola is also a win against other Android makers such as HTC and even Samsung.
Meanwhile, Apple recently unveiled their new line of Macbooks which now feature the company’s retina display. However, we still do not know much about Apple’s big product with has been hinted at all year. Additionally, there has been no official mentioning of the iPhone 5 yet which is why Apple fans and investors were disappointed with the WWDC event.
Rumors of the big product that Apple plans to unveil have been swirling the web for months now. Ranging from an iPad mini to an Apple Tv, speculation has been very creative.
The bottom line here is that Apple may be going through a little dip in its legal battles but there are many more to be had and Apple seems to rarely lose these court hearings. That being said, Apple still has a lot in store for us in 2012.