Apple patent chief departs amid major ongoing IP lawsuits

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
The intellectual property expert who has served as Apple's head of Patent Licensing & Strategy, and who played a key role in its patent infringement suit against Samsung, has departed the company.

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Boris Teksler photo via LinkedIn.


After four years with Apple, Boris Teksler has left for a new role as president of the Technology Group at French media and entertainment company Technicolor. AppleInsider was tipped to Teksler's departure on Wednesday, and the information was separately confirmed by an official press release from Technicolor issued this week.

Teksler played an increasingly high-profile role at Apple in recent years as lawsuits began to mount. Last year, he testified on Apple's behalf in its patent infringement litigation with Samsung.

In that testimony, Teksler revealed he warned late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then-COO Tim Cook in 2010 that Samsung's smartphones may infringe on the iPhone's patents. Teksler even created a presentation outlining the patents Samsung was believed to have infringed upon, including inventions related to "rubber-banding," e-mail threading, and gesture heuristics.

The issues pointed out by Teksler proved to be so serious that Jobs and Cook themselves met with Samsung executives to discuss the matter. When an agreement could not be reached, the lawsuits started.

?We didn?t understand how a trusted partner would build a copycat product like that,? he said in his testimony.

AppleInsider attempted to contact Teksler on Wednesday for a comment, but he couldn't be reached.

Prior to joining Apple, Teksler spent 16 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he co-founded HP's Intellectual Property Licensing Business. In his new role at Technicolor, he will serve on the company's Executive Committee, where he will aid in the "exploitation of its IP assets."

"Boris Teksler is a skilled executive with a unique combination of skills including protecting intellectual assets and driving focused innovation to commercial success," said Frederic Rose, Chief Executive Officer at Technicolor. "The Technology Group is tasked with extending our licensing growth and Teksler?s experience in mobile licensing makes him well suited for the position."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    ifij775ifij775 Posts: 470member
    Take a look at the latest Huawei Ascend P6, China has jumped on the iPhone knock-off bandwagon.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    customtbcustomtb Posts: 336member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ifij775 View Post



    Take a look at the latest Huawei Ascend P6, China has jumped on the iPhone knock-off bandwagon.


    How innovative! /s

  • Reply 3 of 12
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    ifij775 wrote: »
    Take a look at the latest Huawei Ascend P6, China has jumped on the iPhone knock-off bandwagon.

    And before long it will be produced by Foxconn.
  • Reply 4 of 12
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    ifij775 wrote: »
    Take a look at the latest Huawei Ascend P6, China has jumped on the iPhone knock-off bandwagon.

    Oh, just now they are? :lol:
  • Reply 5 of 12
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,980member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ifij775 View Post



    Take a look at the latest Huawei Ascend P6, China has jumped on the iPhone knock-off bandwagon.




    I think all these copycats will eventually fail.  Because Apple is a very innovative company.  Take a look of the Mac products.  Can you count how many changes Apple has done over the years? 

  • Reply 6 of 12
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,744member
    You can copy the look and feel and some of the elements, but not the way in which it all works together as a cohesive whole that defines the Apple user experience.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,510member
    Oh, just now they are? :lol:

    Ya-hoo, yer back!

    I was beginning to think of departing, out of ennui and despair. Take a look at the two iPhone rumors today to see what a leaderless rabble looks like.

    Edit: Solipsism's departure was also weighing on me, and I was starting to imagine a connection.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,510member
    matrix07 wrote: »
    And before long it will be produced by Foxconn.

    You're kidding, right.

    Someone must have written about Foxconn's alliance with Apple. If anyone has seen anything, pls. inform.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,190member


    This is known as "getting out while the getting's good."

  • Reply 10 of 12

    spamsamich - Too bad you didn't apply that rule with your girl friend.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    99thin99thin Posts: 2member


    very useful info. thank you for sharing it.


     


    thanks


    99thin

  • Reply 12 of 12
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,190member
    vulcan747 wrote: »
    spamsamich - Too bad you didn't apply that rule with your girl friend.

    If you're lost, stay here and a park ranger will be by shortly to help out.
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