Apple's Chief Patent Counsel Steps Down

Sources have revealed that the chief patent lawyer at Apple Inc will leave the company

at a time when the company is fighting numerous legal battles over patent infringements.

According to Reuters, Richard "Chip" Lutton Junior, chief counsel for patents division at Apple Inc, has resigned from his post. However, the reasons for his departure are not yet known.

Interestingly, the LinkedIn profile page for BJ Watrous reveals that he is now the new chief counsel for patents at Apple Inc. Watrous previously worked with computer maker Hewlett Packard and Co as its chief counsel for patents.

The Reuters report read: “Lutton's voice mail was still set up at Apple, but he will be leaving Apple in the near future, perhaps in the next month, said the source familiar with the situation. Watrous was deputy general counsel at Hewlett-Packard.” Both Apple Inc and Lutton have declined to comment on the issue.

Apple is fighting a number of lawsuits it filed against various mobile companies over infringement of patents, as well as facing some in the other direction. Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against HTC in the US Federal court accusing it of infringing its patents with a number of smartphones. Apple is also fighting several cases with Samsung in various countries around the world.