Apple today remains embroiled in patent disputes with Samsung and Motorola across the globe. With top law firms charging as much as US$ 1,000 per hour for complex patent disputes, there’s no doubt that Apple’s legal bills are rather significant.
In his recent book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went To War And Started a Revolution, Wired columnist Fred Vogelstein, citing an attorney who previously worked on patent cases for Apple, relayed that Apple is spending approximately $ 200 million per year in legal expenses on Android related patent litigation alone.
Last week, a court filing from Apple shed more light on the magnitude of its legal fees with respect to Samsung. If you recall, Apple last week filed a motion seeking $ 15 million in attorneys fees from Samsung.
In laying out its position, Apple revealed that its attorneys’ fees during the first Samsung trial checked in at around $ 60 million. The $ 60 million figure covers work done from April 2011 (when Apple first filed suit against Samsung) through March 2013. Note that this excludes expenses incurred during the subsequent retrial on damages.
Notably, the $ 60 million figure only includes legal work by attorneys who billed more than $ 100,000 on the case.
Apple and its counsel from Morrison & Foerster LLP (“M&F”), who prosecuted its claims against Samsung, have taken numerous steps to ensure that the fees addressed in this motion are reasonable…
For purposes of this motion, Apple included only the fees it incurred for timekeepers who billed more than $ 100,000 in this case , thereby eliminating fees from timekeepers who provided meaningful work but did not play a substantial ongoing role in the case. Apple made further reductions in the amounts of fees in connection with this motion to be conservative. As a result of all of these efforts and reductions, the hours underlying the fees at issue are reasonable.
The billing rates for the fees at issue also are reasonable, and reflect substantial discounts. No M&F attorney billing to this matter charged over per hour, and the rest were well below that number. The rates are within the ranges of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Economic Survey and are generally less than the rates that Samsung has paid for lawyers at Quinn Emanuel with comparable experience.
Applying these parameters, Apple has paid or expects to pay M&F approximately $ 60 million for its work on this case through the damages retrial. Apple also has paid or expects to pay approximately $ 2 million to Wilmer Hale for its fees in the damages retrial, again counting only timekeepers who billed more than $ 100,000 to the case. In total, using these parameters, Apple has incurred over $ 60 million in fees for prosecuting its claims against Samsung.
In a separate brief, Apple makes a point of noting that its legal costs were higher than they would have ordinarily been thanks to Samsung’s conduct during the discovery process:
Samsung forced Apple to file multiple motions to compel, including motions seeking production of copying documents, source code, and financial information. In several instances, Apple needed multiple orders before Samsung finally complied.
Samsung also pursued extensive discovery on hopeless defenses that it later abandoned, including many arguments regarding the alleged “functionality” of the design patents and asserted trade dresses. For example, Samsung demanded depositions of individuals that worked in Apple’s model shop or as paint mixers… These depositions required Apple to review tens of thousands of documents. Samsung insisted that Apple run special searches regarding white iPhone issues, which resulted in Apple reviewing additional thousands of documents totaling many tens of thousands of pages. White iPhone issues were not raised at trial.
In the grand scheme of things, the $ 60 million Apple paid out in legal fees is merely a drop in the bucket given Apple’s financial position. For starters, Apple was awarded close to $ 1 billion in damages from Samsung. Second, during its most recent quarter, Apple posted $ 37.5 billion in revenue. That being the case, Apple last quarter earned more than $ 60 million every four hours.
Apple’s spent upwards of $ 60 million in legal fees during its first trial with Samsung originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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I live in Maine, which means I get the sun before everyone else, and the weather usually later. This past week is a great example. Winter storm Dion has allowed me to track the storm’s progress as it made its way from the panhandle of Texas all the way to the easternmost part of my home state. My app of choice to follow this storm was Radar Cast Elite from WeatherSphere.
The radar app is chock-full of features, but the most important one is its past and future radar images. The app shows a storm’s movement by including both previous radar images and future ones to predict where a storm is headed. It plays these images back in a loop, allowing you to see the track of a storm. You can change the duration of time displayed in the radar loop as well as the loop speed to fine-tune what you see. These past and FutureCast radar images provide an excellent look at your weather conditions right now. They also show how conditions will change in the immediate future.
Besides its convenient radar images, the app has a handful of other helpful features. There are weather forecasts, severe weather warnings, hurricane tracks, real-time lightning strikes and more. The app can even show storm start and stop times on the map, which, along with the weather-based driving directions, will help you plan your daily travels around hazardous conditions.
RadarCast is great for weather aficionados looking for another radar app to add their collection. It’s also perfect for folks who want to monitor the weather in real time so they can adjust their plans accordingly.
Radar Cast Elite is available in the iOS App Store for US$ 2.99. Some features like pilot weather data and tide charts require an in-app purchase of $ 9.99 or less.
Daily iPhone App: Radar Cast helps you stay on top of the weather originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Did you design video game levels when you were a kid? Growing up in the era of the SNES and Genesis, I spent countless hours drawing pits of fire and dragon’s lairs, dreaming of the day when I could lead a pixelated hero to victory over the villain who rules my levels. It was a nice dream, but it was out of reach when I was 10. While development has gotten easier in the time since, it still requires you too know something about coding. But Pixel Press is aiming to fix that.
Pixel Press is a mobile and web app that lets users design their own video game levels from their own drawings. The project recently finished its initial Kickstarter funding campaign, surpassing the original funding goal by US$ 8,950 dollars.
The app’s level creator lets you design five floors of a video game level, much like the different stages found in Super Mario Bros., which saw you move across fields, then underground, then back through fields, until you finally ended up at the castle of the boss. Simply draw your level map on the free Sketch Kit paper provided by Pixel Press and draw your level. Using a simple system of shorthand, you can add platforms, spikes, traps and portals.
When you’re done, snap a picture of your level with your iOS device and the app digitizes your drawing into a customizable world. With the aid of the app’s design tools, you can color in your level as well as add textures, music, sound effects, different characters and fine details.
Once you finish, play your level and/or share it with others in the apps community as you try your hand at the work of other users.
Upgrades to the app, including new templates and level skins, will be available using in-game credits. When asked by Kickstarter supporters to explain if Pixel Press is going to be
ruined dominated with in-app purchases, the developers explained their system accordingly:
A lot of users are wondering if Pixel Press will be like many of the other games out there, where in-app purchasing dominates the experience. Pixel Press will work something like this: Items like new level skin packs will be available periodically, you can buy these to use for your levels OR you can download them for free using the credits/points you earn for playing other peoples levels, submitting levels, etc.
Given how much potential this app has to allow me to fulfill the childhood dream of building my own video game, I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
You can watch a trailer for Pixel Press below. While it’s still months from release, its successful Kickstarter campaign makes this as good a time as any to put it on your radar. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Pixel Press wants to turn your drawings into video game levels originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In October of last year, Tim Cook shocked the world (okay, the Apple world) when he let go of iOS mastermind, longtime NeXT/Apple employee, and Steve Jobs sidekick Scott Forstall.
It’s worth noting that Forstall, though largely regarded as a brilliant engineer, was reportedly a divisive figure who was not always easy to work with. Some reports indicated that Forstall would routinely clash with Jony Ive and Bob Mansfield. When asked for his opinion on Forstall’s unceremonious departure, former Apple exec Tony Fadell went so far as to say that “Scott got what he deserved.“
Since being let go a little over a year ago, Forstall has largely been MIA. Naturally, many were left wondering just what in the world Forstall was up to. Did he take up residence on one of Larry Ellison’s super yachts, hiding from the press on the high seas? Did he sign up for the Google Glass explorer program? Will he ever tweet again? One of the more pressing questions remains frustratingly unanswered — what does Scott Forstall think of iOS 7?
While that question lingers on, we finally do have some information regarding Forstall’s activity in the months since leaving Apple.
According to the recently launched The Information, former WSJ journalist Amir Efrati catches us up to speed. Efrati writes that Forstall spent much of the last year traveling in Italy and South Africa. Forstall also spent some time lending some of his wise counsel to a few startups while also dabbling in some philanthropic endeavors.
As for what’s next, that’s anyone’s guess. Efrati relays that some top VC firms may be interested in Forstall while it’s also possible that Forstall many branch out and start a brand new company on his own.
Either way, it’s nice to hear that Forstall is alive and well and seemingly enjoying the post-Apple chapter of his life. Forstall began working at NeXT in 1992 and joined Apple a few years later when NeXT was acquired to save what was then a floundering Apple in desperate need of a new OS and fresh leadership.
45 years ago today, an engineer named Douglas Engelbart unveiled to the world, for the first time, the very first computer mouse.
The unveiling came in the form of a 90 minute demo at the Fall Joint Computer Conference. Engelbart’s presentation is regarded as being so epic and influential that it’s now referred to as the “Mother of All Demos.” It even has its own dedicated Wikipedia page.
Engelbart’s first mouse prototype was a bulky wooden contraption with two wheels located on its underside. Engelbart spent about 4-5 years working on his mouse idea before showing it off to the world on December 9, 1968.
Engelbart applied for a patent for the device in 1967, though back then it referred to it as an “x-y position indicator.”
The patent reads in part:
An X-Y position indicator control for movement by the hand over any surface to move a cursor over the display on a cathode ray tube, the indicator control generating signals indicating its position to cause a cursor to be displayed on the tube at the corresponding position.
The computer mouse, like many other technologies and innovations, may not have been invented by Apple but was nonetheless thrust into the mainstream via an Apple product. Though the first computer to ship with a mouse was a Xerox workstation from 1981, it wasn’t until Apple rolled out the Mac in 1984 that the mouse became a mainstream input device for computing. The Lisa, released in early 1983, also had a mouse but was so expensive that it never became a popular computer.
While Apple helped the mouse became a household product, the company’s mouse offerings haven’t always been top notch. For instance, Apple has long clung to the notion of a one-button mouse, thought it eventually introduced right-click functionality when it released the Mighty Mouse in 2005.
Speaking of the Mighty Mouse, it featured a scroll wheel that would all too often “stick” on account of dust and/or dirt buildup. Still, it was eons better than the ill-fated and poorly received Hockey Puck mouse Apple introduced alongside the first iMac.
Remember this bad boy?
Today, iMacs ship with a wireless Magic Mouse that is as sleek as it is functional. I only wish Apple would add the ability to activate Exposé from the mouse itself, a feature that was once possible via the side buttons on the Mighty Mouse.
45 years ago today, the computer mouse was unveiled to the world originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You’re going to see a lot of gift guides this year with things like the iPad Air, iPhone 5s, and MacBook Pro gracing their pages, but you already know those devices are drop-dead awesome, right? So what do you get an Apple fan that already has all the Apple gear they could ever want? You get them weird accessories and Apple-inspired gifts that they never even knew they wanted, of course!
Behold! Today is the first day of a 12-day feature where we’ll show you the strangest Apple-flavored gifts we can find.
Day 1: An “iPhone” flask
The holidays are stressful, and there’s a good chance you’ll be in a number of situations over the next month where 4 ounces of your favorite adult beverage would ease your nerves. But you can’t exactly whip out a bottle of scotch at a family gathering without getting some weird looks, so avoid the awkward conversations and potential intervention and conceal your tasty treat within a fake iPhone lookalike!
The “iPhone Flask Smart Phone 4 Oz. Pocket Flask Realistic Smart Flask Design” (yeah, it’s a generic product with an SEO-grabbing name) is priced at a rock-bottom US$ 5.95 and features rubber lining and a “realistic look.” Ok, so that last bullet point is pretty questionable, but maybe you’ll believe it’s a real phone once you’ve emptied the contents into your belly.
The 12 Days of iMas, Day 1: An iPhone flask and a holiday hangover originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Square credit card reader is already a huge hit with small businesses, so an upgrade to the hardware is definitely cause for a little early holiday celebration. The company revealed and all-new version of its iconic register peripheral today, showing offing a sleeker design that cuts its width by 45%. The company also boasts that the new reader is more accurate that any previous model.
As always, small businesses and anyone else that needs an easy way to take mobile payments can score a free card reader by signing up with Square online, but the newest model won’t be available in retail stores until 2014.
Square credit card reader loses weight, gains accuracy originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
For a short time over the weekend, it was possible to purchase a 32-inch Sharp 4K LED monitor via the Apple Online Store in various EU territories, but it has since been removed across the board. The massive display was priced at £3,499.00, which is roughly in line with the product’s price elsewhere. The monitor never made an appearance on the US version of the store.
As we inch closer to the debut of the new Mac Pro, whispers of Apple’s plans to embrace desktop 4K displays has grown louder, and for a moment it appeared as though the company might have been offering a third-party alternative as a stopgap. The brief debut and almost immediate removal of the Sharp display could have been a simple error, or it could mean an Apple 4K display is closer than we think. We’ll be watching our crystal ball for further hints.
Apple adds Sharp 4K monitor to EU Apple Online Store, then yanks it originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Daily Deals for December 9, 2013, featuring the Black Friday Mac Bundle originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.