Analyst: Apple to push its legal claims against Android ‘hard and unrelentingly’

“Sanford Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi today writes that he expects Apple will ‘push its legal claims hard and unrelentingly’ as regards its patents on iPhone and mobile technology in a bid to ‘upend’ the momentum of Google‘s ‘Android’ software for mobile devices,” Tiernan Ray reports for Barron’s.

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Ray reports, “The pattern of suing Samsung, HTC, and Motorola Mobility for patent infringement points out Apple’s determination to protect what Apple views as innovations unfairly copied by the Android crowd, he writes… ‘Should Apple prevail in forcing Android to rework some of its functionality, resulting in market share shifts, it could have huge, positive financial implications for Apple: we note that a 10 percentage point shift in smartphone market share from Android to Apple… in 2013 is worth an estimated $30B+ in annual revenue and $10+ in annual EPS to Apple.'”

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MacDailyNews Take:

We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them.Apple CEO Steve Jobs when unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007

We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP, in which case we will go after them. We will not stand for having our IP ripped-off and we will use any weapons at our disposal [to stop it].Apple COO Tim Cook, January 21, 2009

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Florian Mueller” for the heads up.]


  1. I just came back from a trip to Australia, where the iPhone is EVERYWHERE and Android has absolutely no presence at all. Why?? Because the iPhone was always available on ALL Australian carriers from Day One.

  2. Now that the multitouch patent is in Apple’s pocket, they should compel Google to revert to the stylus for Android. Let’s see then if Eric Schmidt’s smarmy face will light up in joy or disappointment on being on the cutting edge of self-driven innovation rather than copy thy neighbor model that they’ve been pursuing so far.

  3. I saw my first buy 1 Android phone and get the 2nd FREE!

    Didn’t RIMM do that for a few years already? Didn’t RIMM dump 2,000 employees this summer?

    How about buy 1 get 4 FREE and speed this up.

    1. I saw my first Android BOGO ad a few months ago.

      Further investigation revealed it was for obsolete Android 2.1 phones.

      Framentation, alive and well in the Android market!

    2. I remember Buy One Get One (BOGO) ads for android from 2 years ago. I think they’ve been doing that all along.

      Android isn’t really a platform, its a bunch of incompatible phones. It isn’t’ really a smartphone market, it is lowest common denominator crap sold to people who previously bought feature phones and who never really learned how to do anything more than make calls with them.

      The comparisons to the iPhone are kinda silly since so many androids are sold to people who got one free or never use it for anything but making calls.

  4. Android people think they have an iPhone equivalent until they figure out that application for application, authored for both platforms, the cool features are missing from the Android version. Then they figure out they don’t have an iPhone and the return rate is as high as 40% on some of these droids.

  5. Check out this video of Roger McNamee speaking at a conference of the end of Google as a money making machine based off search revenues.

      1. Fisher Price is quite honestly a big step up from slab-o-plastic dell notebooks. If he can’t a MacBook he should go to toys ‘r’ us and grab himself something a little more durable. i.e. Not made of the cheapest components imaginable.

  6. Ever since microsoft stole/copied the Mac to make windows tech sector firms assumed they could copy whatever Apple made without concern that much would be done about it. But things are starting to change

  7. Better yet, when release iPhone 5 in September, flood the market with two iPhones: premium one and unlock/free with contract one. Release them worldwide within a week, with 20m units. Choke those pretending monkeys.

  8. And just wait until IOS 5 comes out and all the things Jobs ripped off Android are apparent. He’s going to get the livermush sued out of him. Remember, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

      1. After playing with iOS5 its apparent apple latched onto some of the nice aspects of android and incorporated them but i doubt goog had the brains to patent any of it.

        I hope they both bust their asses to bring new versions of both operating systems out regularly for years!

        1. BS. You always see fandroids claiming Apple stole from google, because they know google stole from apple and can’t’ defend it. They want to diminish the crime by pretending everyone did it, and also by pretending that using a black background or a TableView for your notifications is an “innovation” (which, if it is, Apple still beat google to the punch because black backgrounds and table views were both in the original iPhone.)

          Of course, since you know your claims are bogus, you never make specific claims, you just make vague ones.

          You should be ashamed to show yourself in public with that kind of argumentation.

    1. I think Apple may require more like $50/per if they are forced by the courts to license. But I think Apple would rather not license at all.

      I look forward to the day that RIM and HP and MSFT’s fortunes are rising because they’re the only competition to the iPhone, because android has been barred from importation to the US and removed from the market generally…. and google is a wholly owned subsidiary of apple.

  9. I travel much in south america. I see lots of iPhone 4s everywhere. I have yet to see one Android phone in the wild. Not one. Crack berries yes, android zilch

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