Richard "Chip" Lutton, Apple's former chief patent counsel, has joined "smart" thermostat maker Nest Labs as its first general counsel. Lutton and Nest founder Anthony Fadell both worked at Apple for years. Lutton is largely credited with building Apple's now formidable patent portfolio, and Fadell helped create the iPod and iPhone.
Apple's Former Patent Guru Joins Startup With 'Smart' Thermostat Product
April 18, 2012