Feeds

Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

Rivals will evade patents with crafty workarounds

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Apple's patent wars will start to hurt shareholders if Apple continues to pursue its lawsuits against Samsung, HTC and Motorola, an analyst has said.

Kevin Rivette, a managing partner at 3LP Advisors LLC, told Bloomberg that even if Apple won its patent battles, it was playing a losing game. Legal fees aside, the "thermonuclear war" that Jobs launched against the Android manufacturers in a fit of rage circa 2009 isn't stamping out Cupertino's competition but the hostility engendered could stop Apple from getting access to new technology it needs.

Lawsuit decisions that go Apple's way don't rid the market of competition, said Rivette, because in most cases the manufacturers will find a workaround which may hamper their devices but doesn't keep them out of the market. For example, after a ban on their tablet device in Germany, Samsung modified the Galaxy Tab, creating a new 10.1 N version that looks likely to be accepted by German courts. The Oz ban on the Samsung gadget has been lifted too.

“A scorched-earth strategy is bad news because it doesn’t optimize the value of their patents -- because people will get around them,” he said. In cases where Apple lose, Rivette argues that the tech titan would have been better off seeking settlements to get its hands on rivals' technologies.

There's no immediate end in sight, though. The past few days have seen Apple's thirst for patents continue unabated, such as the Apple land-grab of fuel cells for mobiles. Meanwhile Samsung is suing Apple for its use of emoticons. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.