In the past 48 hours Samsung Corp. , HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) have all had a changing of the guard for some of their highest-level positions.
Khan's responsibilities will be taken on by product marketing executive Tim Rowden and other team players.
If Lutton is indeed leaving, he's checking out just as Apple is wrapped up in numerous lawsuits with competitors across the globe. (See Samsung Tries to Block Apple Sales in the US and Apple Sues Samsung for iCopying.)
But it's not like there isn't somebody else to pick up the slack. Reuters also notes that the wonderfully named BJ Watrous, formerly HP's chief of intellectual property and licensing, lists "VP and Chief IP Counsel" at Apple on his LinkedIn Corp. profile. Go find him -- he only has 105 connections as of today, so he could do with some requests.