Apple Claims Android Started in Its Office

bp9801 - September 5, 2011 10:39AM in Mobile

By now I'm sure you've all heard and seen the nasty legal battle between Samsung and Apple, where Apple claims all of Samsung's products are rips on Apple's products. Apple has even won some injunctions against Samsung in Germany, effectively banning the Samsung products from being sold. Today, Apple has a new complaint that takes a run at the Android OS itself. Back in the early 1990s, Android inventor Andy Rubin worked at Apple as a low-level engineer. That right there, according to Apple, is grounds for it to seek a ban on all Android products sold. You see, Apple claims that while Rubin was working at Apple, it was his superiors that that invented the realtime API that Android is based on, and was not done while Rubin worked at General Magic and Danger. Danger was bought by Google mainly for the operating system, which would become Android.

Apple has filed a complaint with the ITC, meaning it has some truthful facts to support this claim, and means that if Apple were to sue Google directly, could possibly receive an injunction. That would mean that all Android devices would be banned from sale and Apple would take a ton of money. Now, to me this all smells like the beginnings of a monopoly, so hopefully nothing comes out of this. If it does, well, I hope you like Apple products.