Nokia files "friend of the court" brief on behalf of Apple

Nokia files
When Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request for a permanent injunction on those Samsung devices that had infringed on Apple patents according to a jury, Apple appealed the decision. Now, all the way from Finland, Nokia has filed an amicus curiae brief, also known as a "friend of the court" brief, supporting Apple's position. Nokia, as a leading handset manufacturer, is concerned that the court system has turned into a process where patent holders are being forced to license its patents to the competition, something that could lessen the incentive for people to innovate. But that is only one of the reasons for Nokia's presence in this case (more on that later).

Last month, Apple filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ahead of the deadline imposed under appellate rules. This forced Nokia to scramble because while the company had intended to file the amicus curiae brief all along, it had thought that Apple would be filing closer to the deadline date. Briefs filed in support of the appellate must be filed within 7 days of the appellant's opening brief. The Finnish based company needed to get an extension from the Federal Court which it did receive. Ironically, in June 2011 Nokia settled with Apple and received a large lump sum amount to settle a patent battle between the two firms.

Nokia is not only getting involved in this case in order to help protect other manufacturers' patent rights, but the company itself is involved in a number of patent battles, which seems to be the norm in the industry. Nokia is involved in an ongoing court battle with HTC and ViewSonic over patents used in production of Android handsets and might even have to face Apple in court again. In preparation, Nokia has filed this brief just in case it ever finds itself in the position that Apple currently is in.

source: FOSSPatents



1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Interesting indeed love to see how this turns out

42. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Now Nokia seems to change their strategies to Apple's way; Making same boring stuffs again and again and watching and checking Sammy products to beg a huge amount of money with this stupid USPTO system support

77. Andrea

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Why must nokia do like this. Yes I know wp is a flop!!!! nokia = ms = patenttroll

50. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Would be great if Sony helped Samsung, you know, coz they only produce android phones.

65. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

from now nokia shud be called iNokia

2. MarioGomez

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Every company in the universe could be sued. Except Nokia

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

NOKIA SUES HTC remember that. NOKIA is just like Apple

19. MarioGomez

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I said : could be sued (passive voice). I did not say Nokia can not sue. Means no one can sue a company that is floating on sea's patent like Nokia.

38. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Uhhhh, They're veterans in the Cell Phone industry. If possible, then they would sue any company that makes mobile phones or anything that can call without a wire :D

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Agreed. Pretty much if Nokia, Motorola, and Ericson pooled their patent resources, they could shut down any other unlicensed OEM.

23. mityblumpkin

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

does nokia even sell enough smartphones to be considered competition?

27. papss unregistered

What does that have to do with this article? Troll much?

41. mityblumpkin

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

well im just saying it seems these days that only manufacturers that are in courts today are actually manufacturers that sell

74. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It earns 1 billion/year in patent licensing fees which i guess is more that it makes from LUMIA phones :D

32. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Since when Apple and Nokia have had a partnership against Samsung? lol

43. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I am a Nokia guy, but truth is, Motorola had more bearing patents for cellular technology, which now belong to Google. Nokia, though, does fall in line at second place. Look it up. And...Nokia can still be sued if some of these very close patents cross over onto another patent, which has proven to happen in the past.

60. Laura90

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

Motorolla has 5634 patents which is I really really respect. But, Nokia (including Semiens group) has 16377 patents, which is three times higher than Moto. On the other hand, Apple has almost 487 silly patents and scream in every court in everyday. Dear, No one has a chance to play that game against Nokia.

71. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Nokia has patents for touch screen,bluetooth,wifi,colored screens good luck making phones without those features

3. Sven

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Come on boy, you did something bad, really bad! Nokia you went bad this time.... so sad

44. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

So true Honestly I had a respect to Nokia itself. I just don't like their trolls but now it seems they are following their own trolls

52. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

"Friend of the court", not "friend if the plaintiff/defense". Important difference. Technically they could be a friend to either or both sides on individual patents. Very intriguing.

4. urtard

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

this is how desperate nokia is LOL let the thumb downs begin!

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It has begun (that thumbs down includes me) .

6. Hemlocke unregistered

If fandroids are upset about this, just wait until they see the newest ComScore numbers. I predict much gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

More like Samsung fans than Android fans might be upset... Comscore, sales, marketshare....all that matters is no one is tied into a single prodoct.

30. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

It's normal for Apple to have their ups in the US... I'm sure you've been around long enough to know that...

78. Andrea

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

nokia fails with wp as every one. The biggest patenttroll is ms = nokia Old specs BETA OS not for meeeee

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The general trend (at least in the U.S.) is licensing. Sales bans are a draconian remedy that necessarily requires a high standard to be granted. Apple has a pretty high burden to meet to get a sales ban, which is why Judge Koh did not grant it to them. I doubt the Court of Appeal will see things any differently.

8. mityblumpkin

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

is this because sammy refused to give parts or screens to nokia?

12. Sarajevo

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

No, Nokia is trying to stop taking Sammy as subcontractor. They found Sammy is "borrowing" their technology without asking them...

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