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
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
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."
quote: Just because you found a great new way to use the wheel, does not mean you invented it..Apple fans all over the world can't seem to grasp that concept..
quote: You can tell Apple haven't innovated or invented
quote: Just because you found a great new way to use the wheel, does not mean you invented it
quote: Apple has very few inventions, what they do have to some extent are innovations. Although many would argue that in order to innovate you must first invent, and only when said invention improves a product and/or process for the masses is it truly an innovation.Things like swiping your finger across a screen to unlock your device hardly falls into that category.FYI: I don't even know of a dictionary that has a similar definition for innovation, so I'm not exactly sure where you pulled it from.(I'm just going to assume you are being legit)
quote: I think it would be churlish not to admit that Apple has reshaped many markets and product paradigms over the years.
quote: Before the Macintosh there were no commercial available desktop computers like it. Afterwards, eventually, there were lots although they were not as good.
quote: Before the iPhone there were no commercially available smart phones like it. Afterwards, eventually, there were lots. It took a while for the Android team to abandon its previous design for their OS and design an iPhone clone.
quote: Before the iPad there were no commercially available tablets like it. Afterwards there were some attempts to copy the iPad but they are not very good.