Companies usually reserve for potential patent infringement losses, so the up-front is likely already reserved. Whether there is an ongoing royalty owed will depend upon whether that is the final judgment and whether AAPL can work around one or more of the patents to avoid the royalty in the future. Also, don't know if this is the end of the court process, or if they could appeal this for years to come. Just some thoughts.
Not necessarily. Maybe if the 1% was 1% on profit, but this is 1% percent on gross. If the profits 20% of the gross for instance, this could be a 5% hit on the profit. Anyway it's a huge amount of money for Apple to pay VHC. I think you would be wise for Apple to get this settled in behind them.
Oh, what a great example of Poe's Law. I can't tell if you are serious or making a joke.
Poe's law states:
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing
The core of Poe's law is that a parody of something extreme by nature becomes impossible to differentiate from sincere extremism. A corollary of Poe's law is the reverse phenomenon: sincere fundamentalist beliefs being mistaken for a parody of that belief