Apple, Amazon Among Those Most-Sued For Patents

Apple, Amazon Among Those Most-Sued For Patents
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was recently listed in the list of frequent targets for patent lawsuits. This report comes from Lex Machina, a legal analysis company based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Apple’s patent lawsuits

The company took a look at 6,092 patent infringement lawsuits in which they discovered ten companies that were responsible for nearly 13% of the lawsuits. Three of those companies filed over 100 lawsuits each.

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Engine Advocacy’s executive director Julie Samuels explained, “When you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of software patents sitting out there in the world, you need a very small percentage of them to cause real damage.”

A growth in lawsuits

The number of lawsuits has grown by 12% since 2012. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was sued about 59 times. Bloomberg Businessweek elaborated on the matter. A Luxembourg-based company which owns a range of patents for vehicle notification and tracking systems is one of the patent owners that starts a lot of litigations. Together with the firm’s partner Melvino Technologies, Ltd., the company filed a total of 137 patent infringement lawsuits in 2013. If there was not an agreement reached that summer to stop demanding royalties from transit agencies, there may have been a higher number of lawsuits.

The rise in lawsuits can be attributed to changes that took place three years ago. Prior to those changes, companies could file one lawsuit against a dozen companies. Now the rulings require defendents to be related in one way or another.

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