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  • Steve Jobs Feverishly Recruiting Lawyers



    It may be a tough job market out there today, but if you're an out-of-work attorney specializing in patents and intellectual property, business is picking up. And you may be in luck. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reportedly dropping some serious coin on qualified lawyers these days. Then again, if you were the CEO of one of the most frequently sued tech companies in the history of the world, wouldn't you be doing the same thing?

    The news comes as Apple gears up for another round of legal battles. Their current opponent, however, is a formidable one -
    Nokia, a mobile-phone maker far bigger than Apple in the cell phone business. Apple and Nokia will face off in front of the International Trade Commission, as the body will hear allegations about supposed intellectual property violations. If this sounds similar to other recent claims involving Motorola and HTC, you would be right. Indeed, Apple's legal team will be tied up in court for what could amount to a very long period of time. And, as a result, Steve Jobs and company wants a legal "dream team" to do the company's bidding.

    According to a report published Monday morning in BusinessWeek: "Apple has hired some of the nation's top patent lawyers as outside counsel. They include Ropert Krupka of Kirkland & Ellis, who negotiated a 2005 settlement in which Apple agreed to pay $100 million to Creative Technology Ltd., maker of the Zen music player; William Lee WilmerHale in Boston, who successfully represented Broadcom Corp in its fight against Qualcomm; and Matt powers of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who successfully defended the patent on Merck & Co.'s biggest product, the $4.7 billion-a-year asthma drug Singulair."

    Just last year, more than two dozen substantial patent infringement suits involving Apple were filed. It's a pattern that is widely expected to escalate before it slows. And Apple's decision to beef up up its legal team is clear validation of such an assessment.

    BusinessWeek
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Feverishly Recruiting Lawyers started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple's already got the best of the best when it comes to lawyers.
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Apple's already got the best of the best when it comes to lawyers.
      WRONG
      McDonalds the one you are looking for.
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      In that case we the consumer will be paying for it somehow
    1. luketinsley's Avatar
      luketinsley -
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbit_ View Post
      In that case we the consumer will be paying for it somehow
      Ya....when you buy apples products tard
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Do you think they get a discount on ipads? They're retail employess dont
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Hiring them all huh? I only see three high profile names there... Unless there aren't too many patent/IP lawyers out there these days!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mardinn View Post
      WRONG
      McDonalds the one you are looking for.
      Lol, true.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Looks like lawyers are going to fight over for Steve.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      damn wonders what patents google violated if apple needs even more lawyers lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Looks like lawyers are going to fight over for Steve.
      Perhaps, if things are likely that Apple wins. Nobody is going to be fighting over anyone if it looks like Apple will lose this one though.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Perhaps, if things are likely that Apple wins. Nobody is going to be fighting over anyone if it looks like Apple will lose this one though.
      oh believe me, someone will! Apple is Apple and no "apple"(say it while holding your tongue) is going to miss the opportunity of being Apple's lawyer. But of course from the day you become Apple's "lawyer" you are considered an expendable cuz after that your worthless to them hehe.
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      oh believe me, someone will! Apple is Apple and no "apple"(say it while holding your tongue) is going to miss the opportunity of being Apple's lawyer. But of course from the day you become Apple's "lawyer" you are considered an expendable cuz after that your worthless to them hehe.
      lol, grabs tongue...

      In all seriousness though, unless there is MUCH MUCH more to the nakia case then has already been reported and rehashed over the last 6 months, Apple is kindof fighting a losing battle against Nokia. If theyre smart, they simply settle, and pay the royalty for using the GSM standard. Kinda like they were supposed to do in the first place.

      Nokia is just waving their arms on the other stuff, but they are totally right about the GSM thing.