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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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By Shadowself on 10/22/2009 7:04:14 PM , Rating: -1
Apple posts it's most profitable third calendar quarter ever and shipping more iPhones than ever and Nokia files a patent infringement suit a couple days later? Sounds suspiciously like a money grab to me. Nokia claims that Apple has been infringing since the original iPhone shipped, but they wait until Apple reports large numbers and large profits before filing the suit?

Coincidence? I think not.

If Apple really is infringing and Apple is refusing to negotiate in good faith, why didn't Nokia file suit over a year or more ago?

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.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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