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Apple’s latest legal drama could affect future iOS apps

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Apple’s legal team has had a busy few weeks around the world – and the latest action could mean changes to basic things, like how we download apps, how we message our friends or what a future iPhone might look like. There could be changes to how Apple owns image rights to the actual fruit.

In this week’s episode of One More Thing, embedded above, we give you a sneak peek at what will keep Apple lawyers busy between summer barbecues — this July 4 holiday week is no exception. On Monday, Apple filed a lawsuit, saying: It will ask the United States Supreme Court to overturn the App Store’s order in the Epic Games antitrust case again in 2021, as reported. Reuters.

Meanwhile, Apple also needs to see if iMessage or the App Store needs to change – because the company would fall under the “gatekeeper” designation criteria of the EU Digital Markets Act – which has stricter rules to play well with other competing applications.

Patent attorneys don’t rest either. As reported by Apple Batley, the US Patent and Trademark Office has published a series of 56 patents newly granted to Apple, including one for decorative glass.

And if you like legal drama, you’ll want to check out this recent Wired story about Apple’s unusual trademark battle in Switzerland. The report says Apple is fighting for the intellectual property rights to a black-and-white image of an ordinary apple — as in the actual fruit, not the Apple logo affixed to millions of devices. This worried some Swiss fruit growers a little.

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