Apple-Psystar Lawsuit Opens up Discussion

Patrick Avery

We live in a litigious society, particularly when it comes to intellectual property, so it's no surprise that Apple is attempting to throw down the hammer on Psystar, an electronics company that has been selling "open" computers with Apple's Mac OS X operating platform. IT Business Edge editor Lora Bentley recently spoke with Madison Spach, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Spach, Capaldi & Waggaman, about the litigation between Apple and Psystar.


Spach says Psystar sees a market for less-expensive boxes running the OS X operating system and is trying to make money while it can. Apple, on the other hand, is pursuing litigation to protect the Apple hardware and OS X brands.


Just last month, a federal judge ruled that Psystar can continue a countersuit against Apple, giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple. He also hinted that if Psystar proves its allegations, other companies may then be free to sell computers with Mac OS X already installed.


Where does this leave the lawsuit? What are the chances of success for Psystar?


Bentley proposes these and other questions in the Knowledge Network discussion forum.

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