Companies suing each other is a fairly common occurrence, especially when it comes to copyright.
Over the years some of the biggest brands have also taken each other to court.
The outcomes of some of these lawsuits have shaped entire industries. Had Apple’s lawsuit against Microsoft in 1998 gone the other way, computers might look entirely different today.
Scroll below for a list of some of the biggest brand lawsuits in history, compiled by Lottoland.
10. Dyson vs. Hoover (2000)
Duration: One year
Damages: $4.9 million
Dispute: In its lawsuit, Dyson claimed Hoover had infringed on a patent it owned for its bagless vacuum cleaner, which uses forces similar to a centrifuge to separate dust from the air.
In its Vortex range, Hoover used the same technology, which the court found infringed on James Dyson’s invention. Hoover appealed twice but lost both times and Dyson then accepted the settlement offer to avoid further litigation. Hoover was also told to stop selling its Vortex model.
9. Oracle vs. SAP (2007)
Duration: Seven years
Damages: $357 million
Dispute: The lawsuit focused on SAP’s TomorrowNow unit, which Oracle alleged had illegally downloaded copyrighted documents and programs from Oracle.
SAP admitted it had infringed on copyright and initially tried to settle out of court, before a jury awarded Oracle $1.3 billion in damages. The amount was later brought down to $357 million, which both companies accepted.
8. 20th Century Fox vs. Universal Studios (1978)
Duration: Two years
Winner: Universal Studios
Dispute: After 20th Century Fox’s successful release of the first “Star Wars” film in 1977, Universal Studios decided it needed a space fiction story of its own and launched “Battlestar Galactica”.
The lawsuit accused Universal of copyright infringement, highlighting 34 specific things allegedly copied, including: “There is a scene in a cantina (Star Wars) or casino (Battlestar), in which musical entertainment is offered by bizarre, non-human creatures.”