ITC to rule in favor of Nokia in Apple lawsuit
A preliminary statement from a member of the International Trade Commission indicates that they will rule in favor of Nokia, saying that Nokia's usage does "not establish a violation." The ITC determined that the patents were all either invalid, or they were not infringed upon. This means Apple won't have the pleasure of seeing Nokia's imports banned.
But it's not a one-way street. Both companies have dished their share of litigation, attempting to quash their competition's imports, and claim a piece of their market share. Nokia is still the largest OS worldwide, but Apple's iPhone is a looming threat to their business.
The ITC judge is scheduled to render a verdict in February of 2011, and it may significantly affect their businesses. If Nokia were to be found guilty of infringement, the infringing devices could be banned from import, further loosening their slipping grip on the market.
source: The Wall Street Journal via TheBoyGeniusReport
1. Alex (unregistered)
It's just a preliminary statement from itc, not a ruling. They made that preliminary statement so not to ban nokia from importing their devices in the meantime.
2. RVM (unregistered)
If Nokia lose US market, it wouldn't hurt as much as if Apple lose EU market.
3. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
they keep bashing into each other
4. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Apple is treading on very dangerous grounds. I hope to hear about the case where Nokia filed infringement of its patients for mobile telephony technology citing the argument that: Apple did not develop its mobile telephony technology from Nokia, a company which developed the modern GSM technology that we know today. If Nokia wins this case, they could charge Apple for every iPhone they sold. - This was the case which provoked Apple to file the so-called infringement 9 patents discussed in this article.
This is is a huge slap in the face for Apple, who less than a year ago, washed its hands for employing children in one of its factories in China.
I love Apple products, but there is also a premium for ethics, mind you.