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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 omnicronx on 11/29/2010 6:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you think Nokia wants to market their products like Apple? Any way you want to put it, Apple is a niche.. Meanwhile Nokia still holds a 50%+ dominant share in the cell phone market.

Apple at its very best will never come anywhere close to what Nokia is at now/where they were at because of the way they do business.

Not everyone can, nor would everyone want to market their products like Apple.. (i.e a fraction of the total market)

Now of course this does not take into account the fact the niche in which they have chosen has by far the highest profit margins.. but not everyone can/want to play in the same sandbox :)


RE: Hmm.
By niva on 11/29/2010 10:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes Nokia holds a huge share of the market still, BUT they are rapidly losing it and falling behind. They basically hold Europe's market right now, but even if they sell more phones at this stage they're not making the profit like Apple. Because of Apple's retarded business practices they'll probably never be #1 in that market worldwide but Google will probably take Nokia down at some point unless Nokia manages a good comeback with their future smartphones and MEEGO. The chips are stacked big time against Nokia in the cell phone market because they've lost momentum badly and Apple's iPhone was simply the start of the wave that's taking over the market. I also wouldn't write Microsoft off at this stage. IMO Microsoft has a much better chance of weathering this storm than Nokia does and possibly making a comeback in the future. Microsoft is playing in the same sandbox with Apple, Google and Nokia are playing in their own sandbox which is much bigger at this stage.


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