Nokia v Apple - coming to a court near you, if you live in Delaware

22 October 2009

ClassActionLawsuit-main_Full There could be fireworks in court in the not-too-distant future as Nokia are suing Apple in Delaware in the US for infringing on Nokia patents that cover GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) settings.

Vice president of legal & intellectual property at Nokia Ilkka Rahnasto said, "The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for . . . Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation."

Nokia said that it had agreements with about 40 firms (including most mobile phone handset makers) allowing them to use the firm's technology, but that Apple had not signed an agreement.

If they pull off a big court win, it could put a huge dent in Apple’s iPhone profits. Having said that, we haven’t got a fucking clue what any of it means to be perfectly honest.

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGay
    GSM is 2G UMTS is 3G
  • Jeffrey A.
    My moneys on the Swedes
  • Lumoruk
    Go Nokia!
  • Kris S.
    Swedes??? Nokia is a Finnish company...
  • Fleetwood B.
    [...] Apple seeks U.S. ban on Nokia imports In the continuing ‘my dad’s bigger than your dad’ spat between Apple and Nokia, the Jobsovian Empire has now filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission to block the import of Nokia handsets into the US. Not that a move would do any huge harm to Nokia since their share in the US is teeny tiny – it’s just one more way Apple can piss off Nokia in their smartphone patent war. [...]

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