Apple Stock Price: Patent Claims vs Google Revived

on Aug 8, 2013
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iNVEZZ.COM Thursday, August 8th: Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) legal fight with Google yesterday took a new twist after the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled that the International Trade Commission (ITC) had erred when it invalidated one Apple patent and found that Motorola didn’t infringe another. Both patents are relating to the iPhone.

The ruling opens the way for Apple to renew its arguments at the ITC over those issues. The court returned the case to the ITC for a further analysis.
Apple’s complaint to the ITC was filed in October 2010, shortly before Motorola was acquired by Google. The dispute is connected with Apple’s touch screen technology widely used in Android-powered smartphones.

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The U.S. court ruling sets the stage for a new round of the legal fight at a time when Apple’s iOS is losing market share to Android and Windows as a result of the long period since the release of the iPhone 5. However, Apple is expected to strike hard again this autumn when the new iPhone will hit the market.

**Anti-Trust Penalties**
After the U.S. government decided to impose penalties on Apple for allegedly conspiring to raise e-book prices, five publishers yesterday objected to the decision. They fear they will bear the whole burden of the penalties, rather than the tech giant.
The government’s plan includes a five-year ban on Apple on engaging in agency agreements. It is also recommended that a court order would require Apple to terminate any current agency agreement with publishers.

Publishers say there is a conflict between the proposed remedy and consent decrees, on which they have previously agreed with the government. Agency deals with e-book retailers with some agreed-to limitations would be allowed according to those deals. Breaking the already signed agreements with e-book retailers would be costly and disruptive for publishers’ businesses.

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**Take-back Programme for iPhone Chargers May Boost Sales**
After Ma Ailun, a Chinese citizen, was electrocuted last month by a faulty iPhone charger and her countryman Wu Jian was put in a coma a week later in a similar incident, Apple has decided to take action. Despite the fact that the problematic chargers were probably counterfeit, Apple has announced a buy-back campaign for any and all third-party chargers until October 18.
Apple stores will be offering original chargers at $10, half their regular price, as a replacement to the possibly faulty ones, thus positioning the company’s own super-premium-priced chargers as the gold standard. Even at the reduced price the chargers may still be generating profit, having in mind that Samsung’s chargers sell only at $6 to $10 regular price and Apple’s production cost cannot be much higher.
The campaign may even generate additional sales, once iPhone users have made their way to Apple stores, since we know how much the company relies on emotional purchases.
**Apple’s share price was at $458.13 as of 08.08.2013, 15.40 BST.**

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