Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Apple remains top target for patent trolls

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 year,24 days


An anonymous reader writes "With nearly US$150 billion in the bank, Apple finds itself in the envious position of having more cash on hand than it knows what to do with. Recently, Apple leveraged its cash position to borrow money at extremely low interest rates as a means to fund dividend payments and stock buybacks. On top of that, Apple in recent months appears to be acquiring companies at a faster clip than in years past.

Unfortunately, when you have more cash than the GDP of many countries, you're bound to find yourself the target of patent trolls. Such is the position Apple now finds itself in.

With dollar signs flashing in their eyes, patent trolls — or NPEs (non practicing entities) if you want to be politically correct — have taken to targeting Apple more than any other company in tech.

Apple over the past four years has been hit with 171 lawsuits from patent trolls. Trailing behind them are Hewlett Packard and Samsung who were both hit with about 135 patent troll lawsuits, on average."

Link to Original Source

cancel ×


Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>