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Apple's iPhone is at the center of Nokia suit  (Source: Apple)
Apple hires some of the best IP attorneys in the country

Apple is gearing up for a massive legal battle against mobile phone industry heavyweight Nokia. Nokia is the largest phone market in the world while Apple has one of the most popular and profitable smartphones in the world with its iPhone.

The legal storm has been brewing for months and Apple is gearing up by retaining some of the best IP lawyers in the country to fight Nokia. 
Bloomberg reports that since 2008 Apple has been the most sued technology firm in the world. The legal team Apple has put together has been responsible for winning some of the biggest patent suits in the technology world.

Nokia sued Apple in October of 2009 alleging that Apple was infringing on several of its patents. Apple filed a countersuit of its own alleging the same thing. Apple claimed at the time the goal in the Nokia suit was to get Apple to turn over proprietary technology that sets the iPhone apart from the other smartphones on the market. Nokia denies the charges.

Attorney Lyle Vander Schaaf, who has handled IP cases before the ITC before says, "These are very well-known, deep-pocketed, high-end manufacturers. Usually you have one 800-pound gorilla going after a new entrant. Here you’ve got 800-pound gorillas fighting each other."

In addition to bringing in outside legal assets to fight the suit, Apple also has a new in-house attorney that specializes in IP, Noreen Krall. Krall was chief IP counsel for Sun Micrososystems and a staff IP attorney for IBM in the past. The other legal assets Apple has called in included Robert Krupa from Kirkland & Ellis. Krupa negotiated the settlement between Apple and Creative Technology in 2005 that had Apple pay $100 million to Creative.

William Lee from WilmerHale represented Broadcom Corp. in the legal fight against Qualcomm is part of the team. Apple also has Matt Powers from Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP that represented pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co in a patent case over its drug Singulair. Most expect the outcome of this suit to be a settlement between Apple and Nokia to license each other's tech. Rob Enderle from Enderle Group said, "It’s [the legal battle] going to get a lot worse before it gets better."



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RE: Hmm.
By BrgMx5 on 11/29/2010 12:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
When Apple launched the Iphone they smacked every other manufacturer in the face with their very competent entrance in a new market.

So you can thank Apple for the great smart phones that are now available from several manufacturers. They sure upped their game since then.

Whether you like Apple or dislike them, buy their stuff or don’t, they do get some things right and contribute for better products in the segments they compete.


RE: Hmm.
By ZachDontScare on 11/29/2010 3:07:04 PM , Rating: 3
You'd have a point if HTC hadnt beaten Apple by several months with their touch-screen phone, the HTC Touch.

People think Apple was the innovator here because they dont know better. Truth is, Apple is successful because they get 100x more free advertising from the media than they have to pay for due to the 'fashion' factor of Apple being Apple.

Look at tablets - I had an 'instant on' WinCE tablet w/wifi almost 10 years ago. Where was Apple then? They were hardly the first, or the 10th, to make such a thing. They are, though, the most fasionable, which is why a lot of people think the ipad is the first 'tablet'. They simply never heard of the others.


RE: Hmm.
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 4:27:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, all of HTC's phones released before the iPhone (the Touch was not the first btw) were resitive touch screens running Windows mobile 5/6 =P..

I was a PPC6700/6800, a touch (all of which were released before the iPhone), the devices are hardly comparable to the iPhone.. Fun to customize and a lot more open in what you can do with an iOS device, but the complete experience was just not on the same level.

Its pretty hard to argue that Apple revolutionized the smartphone world. I'm not saying they were not building on what was already there, but they certainly gave the industry the kick start it needed. Otherwise I'm sure I'd be sitting here on Windows 6.* still, and Android would only come in BB like styling (i.e front facing keyboard and tiny display like originally imagined)


RE: Hmm.
By justjc on 11/30/2010 3:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
I believe most handset makers had tried making a touchscreen phone before Apple stepped onto the stage, including Nokia.
If we're specifically talking capacitive touchscreens Apple got beaten there too, by the LG KE850(Prada) that was shown before the iPhone was announced and hit the European market before Apple launched in the US.


RE: Hmm.
By Smilin on 11/30/2010 5:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Using someone else technology then not paying for it doesn't really count as "doing it right".

To Paraphrase Chris Rock, "If you haven't stolen material from Richard Pryor...you probably aren't very funny."

If you are in the mobile space and haven't licensed tech from Motorolla or Nokia then you either suck...or you're stealing. Apple is going to lawyer up on this instead of doing the right thing. You can bet on it.


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