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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 Tony Swash on 11/29/2010 6:42:08 PM , Rating: 2
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)

I got it from the MacOSX built in dictionary - maybe its biased ;)

I think it would be churlish not to admit that Apple has reshaped many markets and product paradigms over the years. Apple is the most innovative major technology company.

One example

This is what Android looked like in 2007 just after the launch of the iPhone.

Here’s an actual Android phone hardware prototype from December2007.

It didn’t look anything like an iPhone, nor like anything Apple would ever be interested in making. It looked like a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile phone — hardware keyboards and non-touch screens.

Many thought the iPhone would fail (too expensive etc, remember the Ballmer laugh) but then it was unambiguously a huge hit.

Now compare a 2010 Android design to a current iPhone.

Don’t tell me the iPhone has not completely reshaped the design and UI of Android and of smart phones in general.

RE: Hmm.
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 7:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be churlish not to admit that Apple has reshaped many markets and product paradigms over the years.
Read some of my other posts, I've made exactly the same point.. (also said the same thing about Android)

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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