Apple Has Spent More Than 100 Million Dollars on Android War

By , Jan 23, 2012

By now, most of you have heard Steve Jobs’ infamous “war on Android” quote from his recently-released biography. It goes something like, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

He wasn’t kidding. The latest estimates suggest that Apple’s litigation fees its incurred in its ongoing legal battles with Android manufacturers add up to more than $100 million dollars. And the war is far from over…

Newsweek contributor Dan Lyons reported the staggering number this morning on his personal blog, citing a person familiar with the situation:

“But a person close to the situation tells me there’s a rumor going around among the lawyers that Apple spent $100 million just on its first set of claims against HTC. Who knows if it’s true, but if so, Apple didn’t get a lot for its money.”

For the most part, Lyons is correct. Although Apple has won a number of court victories over the past two years, including multiple injunctions against Samsung in Europe and Australia, they’ve yielded little results in the grand scheme of things.

As expensive as lawyers are individually, it’s not hard to imagine that Apple’s crack team of litigators cost a fortune. And if its efforts against HTC are running in the neighborhood of $100 million dollars, you have to wonder what Apple has spent on its entire endeavor.

Has it been worth it?

[9to5Mac]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Farzaneh/100000931068104 Cameron Farzaneh

    damn

  • Wojtek Grabski

    Jules spent a fortune protecting his inventions too, and arrested development of industrial equipment for 40 years. I have a suspicion that if Apple’s efforts proved effective, then patent law would be revised. It is supposed to serve as an incentive to innovate, after all. There is no inherent property in an idea, only that which has been granted by law. So I would advise apple to be careful lest they help render their patent portfolio suddenly worthless.

  • http://twitter.com/intelxtreme kill all mexicans

    i hope apple loses

    • http://twitter.com/ohkay___ E

      hope you just die.

    • http://twitter.com/ohkay___ E

      and your dumb. for having that name.. dumb white person

  • Jon Garrett

    money that would have been better spent on R&D or maybe a $1 raise for those Chinese slaves building their products.

  • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

    Money that could have gone to something else… Developing better phones, raise apple workers salary, feeding homeless children, cancer research. List goes on…

  • http://twitter.com/sn0wball921 Aleks

    money well spent

  • http://www.facebook.com/dery.erlangga Dery Erlangga

    money that would have

  • http://www.facebook.com/dery.erlangga Dery Erlangga

    money that would have

  • Anonymous

    Forcing Google to buy soon to be bankrupt Motorola for billions of dollars…..priceless.

  • http://twitter.com/tomdotcom_uk Tom

    “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

    -It’s a pity that Apple wasn’t in the position it is now back when Bill Gates stole their idea. It would have saved the world from years of poor quality software that is now pre-loaded onto every single PC that gets sold.

    • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

      What idea?

  • Anonymous

    Peanuts for Apple.

  • http://b4it.tumblr.com/ b4it

    Well spent money.

  • Anonymous

    A total waste of money. Over $100 million spent and and the majority of their suits have been laughed out of court. And the ones they did win, were little more than symbolic victories (meaning they did no real damage to Android). I know it’s not in Apple’s character to play nice, but I think simply striking some sort of cross-licensing deal with the major Android manufacturers is the easiest way to go about this.

    Let’s face it, neither party is going to “end” the other. Both platforms are immensely popular and that’s certainly not going to change anytime soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579382544 David Vickers

    money that would have been better spent on R&D or maybe a $1 raise for those Chinese slaves building their products.