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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 inighthawki on 11/29/2010 1:19:46 PM , Rating: 3
The problem is not that they helped with good technology, but that they try to take credit for things they either didn't do or didn't do first, then sue the big companies for infringing on their patents which should have never been passed through in the first place.


RE: Hmm.
By reader1 on 11/29/2010 7:26:32 PM , Rating: 3
Apple innvented everything, including multi-touch, the mouse, and douche-baggery.

- Artie MacStrawman


RE: Hmm.
By jhb116 on 11/29/2010 10:21:36 PM , Rating: 3
agreed - I give them credit for taking existing tech and putting together a good form factor.

I'm glad they are getting their dues. Anyone remember when apple sued some small company that built a cube shaped PC because it looked like the cubed shaped G4? Don't see many of those anymore either. Or how about the time they sued another PC manufacturer (emachines?) over color. It is about time what goes around comes around.....


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