Court may force Apple to show Samsung the next version of iPad and iPhone

Giving up secrets may be part of normal IP suits, but mobile market is in for a lot more turmoil


The result was $150 million in revenue for Microsoft to bolster the $30 million it made from Windows Phone since November.

That's irrelevant to companies buying either Android or Windows Phone.

eBay's lawsuit accusing Google of infringement for the phone-based mobile payment system Google just introduced might mean more.

When infringement suits start hitting the actual functions customers use, the result isn't just inside-the-industry gossip fodder. It's a legal ruling that changes the way customers choose to move money and the partnerships they form.

If eBay is successful in getting Google to desist, eBay's Paypal subsidiary is likely to get a portion of any service fees, or even a place in the transaction flow from whatever mobile-payment plan Google comes up with.

Again, not a revolutionary change. The same thing happens when one big vendor buys another. Suddently, you're in business with a company you weren't before. Sometimes that's OK.

Sometimes it means getting sucked into the vortex of a company you've been avoiding for years for its policy of letting good products die from a lack of new development, or whose licensing and business practices you hate more than their products.

As the press gets tighter for vendors in the mobile market, those conflicts and involuntary business connections will be getting a lot more common.

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