Nokia tells ITC: Apple infringes on 1 of 7 patents with virtually all of its products

Nokia tells ITC: Apple infringes on 1 of 7 patents with virtually all of its products
As we've previously reported, Nokia is suing Apple claiming that the latter is infringing on patents registered by the Finnish-based company. Nokia has taken the dispute to the U.S.International Trade Commission, saying that out of 7 Nokia patents,  Apple infringes on at least one of them with every phone, music player, or computer it sells. The patents deal with innovations made by Nokia that are now being used by Apple to produce important features in the area of user interface, camera, antenna and power management. Nokia would like to keep these innovations for its own products as they help lower manufacturing costs, improve user experiences with devices, improve battery life and reduce the size of Nokia products. All of these items are things that are competitive selling points in electronics. The General Manager of Patent Licensing at Nokia, Paul Melin, says, "This action is about protecting the results of such pioneeringdevelopment. While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple's attempt tofree-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC casefiled today is about Apple's practice of building its business on Nokia'sproprietary innovation." Harsh words indeed, but Nokia does have a lot to protect. According to the company's press release, the Finnish based firm has spent $40 billion Euros in R&D over the last 2 decades with over 11,000 patent families. After doing an investigation, the ITC can prevent imports of a product that infringes on a patent making this a very important battle for both firms.

source: Nokia

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5 Comments

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

or even if you go way back when they sued Microsoft over the GUI, the courts threw out the lawsuit because apple stole that technology in the first place

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

not a surprise, remember when the Iphone launched Cisco systems was suing apple for use of there Trademark "Iphone" Cisco systems trademarked it in the late 90's for there Internet Phone (voip) Apple has never been a very ethical company, but somehow they get away with it. I guess you could call them a bad apple, no no maybe sour apple

2. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Lose a substantial amount of market-share, sue the guys taking it from you. If Google made their own devices, they'd be the ones with a lawsuit.

3. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Your missing the whole point of the article. They are stealing Nokia technology and not paying them for it, a clear violation of any patent ever made. Broadcom sued Qualcomm for the same reasons. Rim and those other people. Stealing is stealing no matter what company does it. They should pay for any patents that they may have infringed on.

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

wow. shame on you apple.

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