The fight between Apple and Mac knockoff company Psystar has provided a nice blooper reel: “Apple and Psystar to settle out of court” blared TechSpot’s headline in late October – well…not really, it was just a mandatory ADR session common to most any case.
So Legal Pad can’t wait for the bloggers to get wind of the Apple’s win today. The dispute centers around whether Psystar can sell its cheap computers loaded with Mac’s operating systems. Apple claims it’s a copyright violation, while Psystar claims that Apple is cornering the market on Mac software by only allowing it to be used on Macs.
Does Toyota have an unfair hold on the market for Toyotas? Not answered, after the jump:
Northern District Judge William Alsup dismissed (.pdf) all of Psystar’s antitrust claims today. The judge didn’t buy the theories propounded by Psystar’s lawyers from Silicon Valley firm Carr & Ferrell who argued that Apple was monopolizing the relevant “Mac OS” and “Mac OS-capable computers” markets. This is the so-called single-product market argument.
“The pleadings, however, fail to allege facts plausibly supporting the counterintuitive claim that Apple’s operating system is so unique that it suffers no actual or potential competitors,” Alsup wrote.
Counterintui — Oh, he must be thinking about that little Microsoft company or something. Anyway, the ruling is a big win for Apple’s lawyers at Townsend and Townsend and Crew with firm chairman Jim Gilliland handling the case. Apple’s copyright claims against Psystar, which started the whole legal battle, are also still intact.
Carr & Ferrell’s Colby Springer said that Psystar will probably amend the counterclaims.
Springer said he doesn’t pay too much attention to the insane amount of blog coverage of the case, although his firm did hold a press conference when Psystar filed its counterclaims to set the facts straight in the blogosphere. “The rumors had just run rampant,” he said.
— Zusha Elinson