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A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled last Friday to dismiss a lawsuit by Nokia against Apple. So Nokia decided to just go ahead and file another lawsuit.  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -- Albert Einstein

Last Friday the U.S. International Trade Commission convened and granted Eastman Kodak Comp. (EK) a small victory in its patent battle with Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM).  They weren't so kind with regards to a 2009 suit by struggling Finnish phonemaker Nokia Corp. (NOK) against Apple.

Judge James Gildea ruled that Apple did not violate Nokia's patents it holds related to the GSM, UMTS, and Wi-Fi standards.  The justice's decision was not a lengthy one, reportedly, and offered little insight into why he rejected Nokia's claims.

A disappointed Nokia spokesperson commented to PhBeta, "This is a disappointing result, after release of a formal adjudication, Nokia will decide the next action."

Similar to the Kodak case, Nokia can appeal to the ITC for a review of the decision, which must be approved by a six-member panel.

In the meantime Nokia appears to be deciding to step up its legal harassment of Apple.  It has filed a second lawsuit with USITC, claiming Apple also infringes on seven patents on multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories it holds.

It claims that virtually all Apple devices infringe on these patents and wants the USITC to block imports and exports of Apple devices and parts.

Writes Paul Melin, Nokia's vice president, intellectual property, "Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone."

While Nokia started the lawsuit war, Apple is more than happy to respond in kind.  It is currently awaiting the outcome of its countersuit against Nokia, in which it claims that Nokia infringed on thirteen of its iPhone patents.  Apple has been beefing up spending on its legal staff as it looks to legally victimize other less aggressive players like HTC, as well.

Nokia is still the world's largest single phone maker, though it's losing ground to Asian firms.  The company hopes to get a boost later this year when it switches to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.  However, that boost may result in painful layoffs for the Eurotech giant.

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Einstein quote
By ipay on 3/29/2011 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 5
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -- Albert Einstein

Actually, there's more situations where the contrary seems to prevail.
Not because Einstein was wrong but because there is never 2 equal states in any common situation. If you do an action there's a reaction, so things change.
In this case, since lawsuits are decided by human beings and not deterministic legal machines, this could have another ending.

RE: Einstein quote
By ViewRoyal on 3/29/2011 11:42:37 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia's new motto seems to be: "If at first you don't succeed, do it again and make a fool of yourself" ;-)

RE: Einstein quote
By Solandri on 3/29/2011 4:53:25 PM , Rating: 4
A manager, an engineer, and a programmer are riding in a car. As they pass the crest of a hill and begin to go downhill, the brakes fail. Through sheer luck, the driver manages to steer into the ditch and fencing on the side of the road, stopping them just before they would have gone over a cliff. Everyone gets out, thankful to be alive, and begins to vigorously debate what they should do next.

The manager says, "We need to form a committee, have meetings, and develop a solution."

The engineer says, "I'm pretty sure it's a problem with the brakes. I can go under the car and take a look to see if I can fix it."

The programmer says, "You're both wrong. We need to push the car back up the hill, get back in, and see if it does it again."

RE: Einstein quote
By drycrust3 on 3/30/2011 1:32:34 AM , Rating: 2
"If at first you don't succeed, do it again and make a fool of yourself"

More like ""If at first you do succeed, listen to someone with shares in a competitor who says you have no future unless it is with said competitor."

RE: Einstein quote
By catfish119 on 3/29/2011 3:28:08 PM , Rating: 3
You don't even need to argue that far ahead. The quote there is a misquote. This quote was actually from a novel by Rita Mae Brown. Check it out:

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay

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