Apple and Epic’s dispute continues to progress, ahead of court proceedings in the spring.
The latest development in the case does not bode well for Apple.
Foss Patents reports that Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers has thrown out all but one of the company’s counterclaims against Epic.
These included the claim that Epic had not only committed a breach of contract, but had also “stolen” from Apple by offering its own in-app payment solution rather than relying on Apple’s official one. (Epic had argued that it is impossible to steal the fruits of one’s own creative endeavours.) But the judge was not convinced by Apple’s arguments, stating that no wrongdoing had occurred beyond breach of contract, which Epic had previously acknowledged.
The court will now rule on whether Epic’s breach of contract is illegal and, if so, what compensation Apple is entitled to. That’s it for this side of the case, but there are still Epic’s allegations against Apple to consider.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a case. Epic took a hit in September when a judge
accused the company of lying; the firm’s CEO then tweeted in October that Apple’s position was
disturbing, crazy and misguided.
Since we wrote this article a separate judge, Thomas S Hixson, has ruled that Tim Cook and Craig Federighi
must both testify in the case and denied Apple’s request that Cook’s testimony be limited to four hours.
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Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.