Apple: Now in court more than R Kelly
Apple love being in court. They'd sue their own reflection if they could. However, this week, they've got everyone else in their sights, shouting and tutting at Samsung and Amazon.
And today, Apple will be winking at the jury as the opening statements for the Apple/Samsung patent case are made in California. Of course, Apple and Samsung have been dickswinging for over a year in one of the largest and most irritating intellectual property infringement spats ever. Basically, Apple's case is that Samsung's phones looked markedly different before the iPhone came out and now, lo and behold, they look pretty similar. Feel free to interject with evidence to the contrary.
Either way, we could see some devices banned from sale, so this is a big deal (although, you could just buy a different phone). Thus far, Apple have succeeded in having the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus banned from sale in the US, but of course, Samsung countersued. They reckon that Apple's devices would have been impossible to make without Samsung's technology. That's right. Samsung provides bits of the iPhone for Apple.
Elsewhere, Amazon are being taken to court over the use of "app store", with Apple demanding that the retailer explain itself. "This motion is made on the grounds that Amazon has refused to produce information directly relevant [to] the claims and defense of the parties," the Apple filing said. "Specifically, that Amazon has refused to produce documents and information relevant to the issue of consumer confusion."
Basically, Apple want to prevent people from using the term 'app store' and, of course, they took Microsoft to court over similar bother a few years ago. Apple obviously love the coffee they have in American courthouses.