Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) chief patent lawyer is expected to leave the company according to a recent report published by Reuters. Apple has reportedly lined up a replacement and has set up the new patent lawyer to take on the many cases the Company has filed has had over the past few months.
Richard “Chip” Lutton Jr., the current Chief Patent lawyer has been confirmed to be leaving the company according to a few anonymous sources, who released their information to Reuters.
Lutton’s voicemail was still set up at Apple on Monday, but he will be leaving Apple soon, perhaps in the next month, said the source familiar with the situation
It’s unclear why Lutton is leaving the company. Apple reportedly did not comment on the situation. Lutton was an integral part of Apple’s patents and has been heading high profile cases such as the Samsung Patent infringement case in the recent weeks.
Lutton mentioned that Apple is “one of the most secretive companies in the world” and that its announcements are “major events in the technology industry,” drawing a distinction between Samsung’s products and Apple’s. Lutton or Apple have yet to comment.