Apple's Chief Patent lawyer will soon leave the company according to a report from Reuters. The reasons for the departure of Richard "Chip" Lutton Junior during a time of escalated legal battles over patent infringement is not known. B.J. Watrous, former deputy general counsel at Hewlett-Packard, is Lutton's replacement. Apple is also reportedly hiring more lawyers to beef up its intellectual property team as it takes on HTC, Samsung and others in various patent infringement complaints.