This week Apple sued, and perhaps even settled with a 17 year old kid Fei Lam from Queens, New York City who made cool $130,000 by selling white iPhone 4 parts online.
So what Lam did was order white iPhone 4 parts in bulk and create a website called WhiteiPhone4Now.com where he sold white iPhone 4 conversion kits. Visitors to the website could order said parts for anywhere between $135 and $279.
The site quickly took off and it wasn’t long before Lam was rolling in dough, to the tune of $130,000 to be exact.
Even, Steve Wozniak himself admitted to buying parts from Fei Lam.
When the story blew up and Apple presumably sent its legal rottweilers after the kid, he shuttered the whiteiphone4now.com site and disappeared under the radar. Following that, Lam hired a lawyer who subsequently relayed that Apple was now handling the matter internally.
And now, a few months later, Apple has finally filed a lawsuit against both Lam and his parents who “aided and abetted him” in an alleged infringement and dilution of Apple’s trademarks. They’re seeking damages and demanding that Lam hands over all profits from the sale. At the same time, the company has filed a voluntary dismissal, leaving the door open to a possible settlement. From Apple’s lawsuit:
Defendent Lam willfully and without authorization has used Apple’s trademarks in connection with the sale of his “White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits,” which among other things included white front and back panels with Apple’s logo and “iPhone” trademarks that are used in connection with the promotion and sale of Apple’s well known iPhone 4 handheld mobile digital electronic devices. Defendant at all times knew that Apple never has authorized the sale of white panels for its iPhone 4 mobile devices, and that he obtained these panels from sources that were not authorized by Apple or any of its suppliers to sell them.