Nokia Steps Up Legal Fight Against Apple


Nokia (s nok) today stepped up its legal fight with Apple (s aapl), filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission that alleges the Cupertino, Calif., company “infringes Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players and computers.” It’s just the latest eruption in the mobile space, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of legal activity.

In the case at hand, there are seven patents in question, relating to user interface software as well as camera, antenna and power-management, Nokia said. A long-running legal feud between the two companies has heated up in recent months. The Finnish manufacturer in October filed a suit claiming Apple had violated 10 Nokia patents regarding wireless technologies; Apple responded a few weeks ago with a countersuit regarding 13 of its own patents. The suits appear to be little more than bargaining tactics, as Stacey noted earlier this month, since both companies have technologies worth licensing.

Nokia has become very active in the courtroom lately as it continues to take a beating at the hands of Apple and other handset vendors. And it’s not alone; a host of other players are waging legal battles, too, including Motorola (s moto), Palm (s palm) and Research In Motion (s RIMM). We’re sure to see more of these types of lawsuits as connectivity comes to more devices and the lines between mobile phones and a host of other consumer electronics continue to blur. Many of the lawsuits will likely come from vendors (like Nokia) who are watching their market share decrease as the space evolves.

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  1. Apple won’t bleed dry because of legal issues, if the result that Nokia is suffering in market share leads them to file lawsuits due to patent infringements I’m sure other companies should be on the lookout as well (common sense suggests that Apple isn’t the ONLY company using same or similar technology and I highly doubt all the other companies are innocent) 2. I’m sure Nokia will produce better handsets eventually if not then they’ll just hurt themselves in the short and long run.
  2. This won’t hurt Apple’s future product announcements at all it’s not like Apple doesn’t have the money to defend themselves and I’m sure they’ll find countersuits like they already have.

So, if you’re doing good in market share, then you shouldn’t worry if someone is stealing your IP, right?


Well I hope all this does not translate into something bad, I mean the last thing we want is to be deprived of a good phone with superior technologies

Tony Vahl

It’s a good gamble for Nokia. It brings attention to their brand, and forces Apple to spend money on legal matters. It might make Apple think twice before rolling out next generation phones.


Nokia can spend hundreds of dollars / euros to file lawsuits, but can it / they afford to pay lawyers for the time-consuming legal process, especially if it enters a courtroom?


Yes they can, and they will.

Evey company has to protect their investment.


They (mobile phone Intelectual Property holders like Nokia, SonyEricsson, LG, Samsung, etc) are going to bleed dry Apple if they want and they will.

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