According to Reuters, Apple’s chief patent lawyer. Richard “Chip” Lutton Jr. is leaving. Nothing specific has been said, but looking at their ongoing patent disputes, such as the huge one with Samsung and another with HTC, we imagine it went something like this: Screw this–I’m out. Again, no reason has been made clear or public as to why Chip is leaving.
As Reuters reports, patent lawsuits have become common in the smartphone industry. As for the replacement, BJ Waltrous, formerly of HP, is now credited as VP & Chief IP counsel, according to his LinkedIn profile. Given the major legal battles Apple is involved in right now, we do not envy him one bit.