Apple betrayed by its own lawyer

Joe Mullin for Ars Technica:

Court documents unsealed this week reveal who’s behind FlatWorld, and it’s anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple’s own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple’s touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world.

That’s almost too crazy to believe.

  • tylernol


  • MrPhotoEd

    Hopefully this may lead to his disbarment leaving one less in the shark pool. I guess the firm has shown him the door and I wonder how much is this going to cost the firm if Apple gives them the boot?


      he can simply move to another state.

      • MrPhotoEd

        Dang, your right, forgot about that. :^(

  • Nikola Tesla

    Sigh…We need an anonymous service that tracks lawyers involved in patent trolling so entrepreneurs we can at least avoid their firms. We need those patent reforms, now!

    • gjgustav

      Appropriate pseudonym you have there. Well done.

  • I don’t know. At this point, I’ll believe almost anything about a lawyer.

    • mikey

      97% of lawyers make the rest look bad.

  • lucascott

    Something tells me if there hasn’t been one yet there will be a lawsuit filed by Apple real soon.

  • the Ugly Truth

    Given the $$$ at stake…this won’t be the last of the parasites in line…