Date: July 19
Charges: Texas-based consumer advocate group Americans for Fair Patent Use is suing Apple (along with Samsung, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint), for falsely marking products with expired patents or patents that do not cover the product with the intent to deceive the public.
Complex says: We find two things odd about this case: 1. The form of patent law used, known as a qui tam action, was known only to a very, very small sect of legal professionals. 2. The group is asking that half of the proposed settlement, which could reach as high as $30 billion, be put in its coffers. If the companies can't prove they had no intention of deceiving the public, the AFPU will come up on a serious payday.