Nokia solidifies its patent case against Apple, adds 13 insults more
"These actions add 13 further Nokia patents to the 24 already asserted against Apple in the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware and Wisconsin Federal courts," said Paul Melin, vice president, Intellectual Property at Nokia. "The Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences. For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone...
During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with around 11,000 patent families. Nokia is a world leader in the development of handheld device and mobile communications technologies, which is also demonstrated by Nokia's strong patent position."
The filings in the UK, Germany and Netherlands cover Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression, antenna structures, messaging functionality, chipsets, modulator structures, caller ID, data card functionality, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.
If you can't beat them, sue them, has been the mantra of cell phone companies lately, and most of the darts are being thrown at Apple, which disrupted the whole industry in 2007, and usurped half the profits in it for just three short years. The introduction of the iPhone, and then Android a year later, had the most negative impact on Nokia, which until 2007 was the undisputed king, raking in more than 60% of the operating profit up for grabs in the mobile industry.
We know that the whole story is meant to get some money from Apple's $40 billion war chest, or end up in some sort of cross-licensing agreements giving Nokia access to Apple's know-how. We also know that it was the Apple UI guy who wowed Steve Jobs when demonstrating what the department can do on tablet touchscreens, and this resulted in Apple's CEO shelving the tablet plans, since he thought the technology will look brilliant in a phone.
Still, if some of those touchscreen UI ideas or the other bits, have been coming from Nokia's research labs, the company is entitled to some compensation. For the failure to implement them in reality, it was already punished enough with diminishing profits and market share. One thing is for sure - the patent litigators working on the case have already inked the deals for their second vacation homes.
1. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Nokia is such a sore loser. One of their patent claims just made me laugh. The wiping gesture, lol. If nokia never used that feature and someone else was able to come up with the same or similar idea and implemented it, how can that be an infringement? Now if nokia came up with a touchscreen phone using those gestures before Apple did, then it would be a valid complaint. Sorry nokia, but you lost.
2. appleblows (unregistered)
leave it to the fanboy to hate on nokia...
3. Android lover (unregistered)
Nokia was not the one who started to throw the lawsuits on all the patent infragments all over the place. Apple brought this on themselves. they started to feel a bit freightened of android so they started to sue each company for patent infragments. and this chump is trying to say "can't beat them, sue them... most of the darts are being thrown at Apple" are u implying that nokia started the lawsuits? i hope not... some newsteller! also im not gonna give up on nokia, i grew up with nokia phones and always loved them, moved onto android though. But im sure they still have something up there sleeve. i mean come on!!! its the king of wireless!
6. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
While they may not of been the first, they were the one given the biggest publicity.
5. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
If Nokia had these plans 10 years before the iPhone, why didn't they use them? There were touchscreen phones years before the iPhone. Nokia let themselves get so far behind that it's their own fault. If you have a ground breaking idea and you're in a competitive market like cell phones, you better implement it as fast before someone beats you to it, that's common sense.
But that's the problem with patents, you can patent an idea and just sit on it and never do anything with it. But when someone infringes upon it, that gives you a right to sue. Sitting on patents basically entitles you to free money once some company makes what you patent. They should change the patent laws, saying that if you don't use the patent, you lose it.
Also, all the Nokia phones that come to the US are garbage phones, carriers give them away for free because they're worthless. If you want a good Nokia phone you have to order it at full retail from them and nobody wants to pay full retail for a phone. So they really are going by, if you can't beat, them sue them. Due to their poor sales management.