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Apple Loads Its Guns for Patent War

Dec 06, 2010, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Adhikari)

"Cupertino is reportedly on the hunt for lawyers, putting some of the country's top legal talent on retainer and scouting for new applicants via its website. Its latest attorney binge may have to do with the barrage of patent lawsuits Apple faces over mobile technologies, as well as the suits its launched against its rivals.

"Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) appears to be beefing up its legal team as it fights an unprecedented number of patent battles.

"It has reportedly hired some of the nation's top lawyers as outside counsel, and it is advertising several openings in its legal department.

"Apple has had more patent lawsuits filed against it in United States district courts than any other high-tech company since 2005, Greg Upchurch, director of research at LegalMetric, told MacNewsWorld.

"This could be because the battle for the mobile market is heating up and lawsuits are one way of fighting off the competition."

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