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Nokia and Apple are going to square off in court

Nokia today issued a press release stating it will take Apple to court for patent infringements related to its GSM, UMTS, and Wi-Fi standards.

In total, Apple is allegedly infringing on 10 patents covered by the Finnish company -- the lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of Delaware.

"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for," Nokia Legal VP Ilkka Rahnasto said in a statement.  "Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation."

Nokia reportedly invested near $60 billion into research and development, as the company owns a large patent portfolio.  The company, the largest mobile phone maker, signed previous licensing agreements with 40 various companies -- allowing them to use the technology it accuses Apple of infringing -- but Apple is trying to avoid paying.

For example, Nokia has a couple thousands UMTS-related patents alone, with even more in existence.

The Apple iPhone, with 7.4 million iPhones sold in Apple's most recent, most profitable quarter ever continues to chip away Nokia's smartphone market share.  Nokia dropped from 41% smartphone market share down to 35% in a single quarter.

Nokia didn't state exact examples of infringement, so it's unsure how legitimate these accusations are.

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Just a board game move...
By chaos386 on 10/22/2009 5:19:52 PM , Rating: 1
My guess is that this is just a prelude to a settlement where Apple agrees not to sue them over multi-touch interfaces.

RE: Just a board game move...
By Bateluer on 10/22/2009 5:26:33 PM , Rating: 5
Apple's claims of ownership on multi-touch patents are shaky at best.

RE: Just a board game move...
By sprockkets on 10/22/2009 6:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe if you actually bothered to look at the patent:

You would find out that it has nothing to do with multi-touch but with the OS interpreting correctly finger heuristics, ie, knowing that in say Safari when you swiped up and down that you meant to scroll only up and down, and when you swiped in other directions it meant you wanted to move the page around in that direction.

Is it clear now that's why other companies can have multi-touch screens and Apple isn't going to sue them?

RE: Just a board game move...
By cmdrdredd on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Just a board game move...
By Hare on 10/24/2009 4:00:46 AM , Rating: 3
That was the dumbest comment I've seen for a while. Why must everything become a USA vs Europe issue? If Nokia was from Africa do you think that they wouldn't defend their intellectual property just as much?

RE: Just a board game move...
By Hare on 10/24/2009 3:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
There's just one problem. Nokia filed multitouch and gesture patents back in 2003... Actually they have over 100 touch UI patents.

Now comes the Patent Wars...
By rippleyaliens on 10/22/2009 4:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
It was just a matter of time.

RE: Now comes the Patent Wars...
By scrapsma54 on 10/22/2009 8:57:06 PM , Rating: 3
There is an app for that too.

Apple Core Logo
By SpaceJumper on 10/22/2009 10:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
After the lawsuit, Apple logo will change into an apple core.

I thought
By dark matter on 10/23/2009 7:18:43 AM , Rating: 2
That the iPhone revolutionised the mobile market? The Apple pips claimed that Apple are the true innovators.

Truth is they have piggybacked on the hardwork of others, offered less features than other phones and now we find them not paying up their dues on patents.

Funny that, as Apple came down hard on Pystar...

No worries
By KIAman on 10/23/2009 1:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's legal team is top notch and will easily crush this in court.

The only thing left is for Apple to make new commercials about their phone business. This will further increase sales.

Hi, I'm an Iphone...

and I'm a Nokia (in a traditional Finnish outfit)...

By Shadowself on 10/22/09, Rating: -1
RE: Coincidence?
By sprockkets on 10/22/2009 7:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. Nokia is reported to want up to $12 per each iPhone sold since made. That's what they want, but $6 is more in line with what it should be. That's the dispute.

Lawsuits are a negotiation tool; its goal is to get Apple to settle on a deal quicker.

RE: Coincidence?
By Jacerie on 10/22/2009 8:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
What would truly be hilarious is if Nokia just completely shut Apple off from their IP.

Does Apple have an app for that?

RE: Coincidence?
By wvh on 10/22/2009 7:15:29 PM , Rating: 3
Because Nokia has been negotiating with Apple for quite some time already, but Apple isn't paying up. At least, that's what they said on the news here in Finland.

I imagine Nokia to feel a bit sour about Apple having such good results while not paying any licensing fees.

Besides, as far as I know anything about the mobile industry, Nokia isn't doing that bad worldwide except for some disappointing sales figures in the US. The US is pretty much a world by itself when it comes to mobile technology I guess, in some ways behind other countries, with stronger consumer-driven trends.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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