The Biggest Suits: Apple VS. the World
Essentially, Apple is suing Nokia, Motorola, HTC, David Copperfield and even Mother Nature, among others. Well, no... Not Mother Nature, really, but if Steve Jobs could, he certainly would, I am sure and this was iterated in a "made up" story by EricTric.com. However, even made up suits such as this one are not too far from reality.
In a recent twist, Apple Inc. and Steve Jobs have filed suit against David Copperfield. Yes the famous illusionist known for his awesome magic tricks. Mr. Copperfield started his career in 1974 and is still active to this day. He, as part of his profession, uses the word "magic" on a daily basis. Apple Inc. would prefer that he stops using the word, claiming that that Mr. Copperfield is infringing on the word "magic" because Mr. Copperfield never patented the word in all of his years of practice. Apple claims they are owed over $4 billion in punitive damages since the release of the Apple Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and, as rumor has it, the Magic Footpad-all released in summer of 2010 (just kidding this one's made up too).
Apple Inc. is genuinely currently suing HTC who, in a counter-claim is suing Apple Inc. Apparently, being the "new guy" in the field, HTC seems to be at the center of the lawsuit storm with Apple claiming the company stole or used over 20 patents without permission, most of them having to do with Google’s Android operating system. They are currently the target of several suits including one from Cisco Systems. These days everybody and their gardener is in on the game.
Apple is also suing Nokia with claims of “implementation patents" for which a hearing is scheduled on November 29th, 2010. The result of the lawsuit could stop either one of the companies from exporting or importing their respective smartphones, depending on the winner. Nokia is even deeper in the game with an increasing number of lawsuits against six different companies, including some of the companies appearing on the list of companies that Kodak is suing.