Apple wins BlueMail antitrust case

From Bloomberg Law’s “Apple Beats Claims That App Store Suppresses Competition” posted Monday:

Blix alleged Apple copied patented messaging technology for its “Sign In With Apple” feature, then removed the developers’ app, BlueMail, from its App Store. The tech giant uses App Store search results to push consumers toward Apple products, suppressing third-party competition, the suit said…

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed the antitrust claims without prejudice… Allegations that Apple has the power to restrict competition aren’t equivalent to allegations that the company actually did restrict competitors’ output, Judge Leonard P. Stark wrote. (emphasis mine)

Stark also dismissed patent infringement claims related to a single claim in Blix’s patent for BlueMail that was central to the parties’ briefings.

My take: Not so much a win for Apple as a double whammy for Blix, which in one blow lost both its patent and its antitrust case.

2 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Allegations that Apple has the power to restrict competition aren’t equivalent to allegations that the company actually did restrict competitors’ output

    That’s an incredibly important distinction to be made (by a federal judge) in light of all the anti-trust claims being bandied about.

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    December 1, 2020
  2. Thomas Larkin said:
    According to the article on this in Apple Insider (W Gallgher), in turn citing Bloomberg, the Judge concluded that Blix failed to provide evidence of Apple’s monopoly or [emphasis on “or”] anti-competitive conduct, and noted the assertion by Blix “that it had achieved success on multiple platforms and was on sale for five years before being on the App Store.” Maybe what’s left of this thing settles quietly after this ruling?

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    December 1, 2020

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