For tech companies, deep pockets can mean more lawsuits. That certainly appears to be the case for Apple.
According to a newly published study by PatentFreedom, Apple was the top target of lawsuits by what lawyers call non-practicing entities, or NPEs for the past five years. NPEs, commonly referred to as "patent trolls," are essentially companies that own intellectual property but don't make any real products.
In its report, which was profiled by TechHive (via Fortune), PatentFreedom placed Apple above peer companies like Hewlett-Packard and Samsung, with 171 lawsuits against it since 2009. Of that total, 24 … Read more