Apple Sues White iPhone Mod Kid, Requests Permission to Swirly
Remember the kid who made upwards of $100,000 selling white iPhone mod kits to thousands of people, including Steve Wozniak himself?
Well so does Apple, and they're lowering their Thor-like gavel of justice upon the poor kid's head. And his family too.
The recently filed suit against the New York teenager, Fei Lam, and his parents, claims Lam infringed and diluted "Apple's famous trademarks." However, Apple filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the very same time, which implies a settlement may have already been reached (gotta love our incredibly efficient legal system).
Lam obtained the parts for his white iphone kits, which he sold on whiteiphone4now.com, from an "unauthorized suppplier in the Shenzen Province in the People's Republic of China." The unauthorized dealer is identified as Alan Yang of Shenzen. The suit claims Apple is in possession of emails and instant messages between Lam and Yang, in which Yang comments his company, Focusupply, has a "friend" at Foxconn.
Apple is fully in the right here exercising their legal muscle, filing for the permanent injunction and forfeiture of profit from sales of the kits, but it will be interesting to see if any details of the possible settlement emerge. How much punishment is Apple willing to dish out to entrepreneurial teenager. Even if the kid knew what he was doing was wrong, he couldn't fathom the possibilities of Apple ruining his life. Let's hope Apple takes it easy on the kid.