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Apple Patent Battles Create Lawyer Boon at $1,200 an Hour

Apple Inc. has spent at least $32 million in one patent-infringement dispute with Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit -- one among many legal fights on four continents.

Add them up and it’s clear the Cupertino, California-based company is paying hundreds of millions of dollars in its quest to prove that Samsung Electronics Co., Motorola Mobility and HTC Corp. ripped off the iPhone.