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Nokia sues Apple again, targets iPad

updated 10:50 am EDT, Fri May 7, 2010

Nokia says Apple violating 5 more patents

Nokia stepped up its pressure on Apple again today by suing the company a second time over allegedly violating patents. The complaint accuses Apple's 3G-capable iPad and iPhone of infringing on five more patents relating to sending data and speech, using location data in apps, and advanced antenna designs. Unusually filed in Wisconsin, the suit doesn't have specific damages but is marketed by Nokia as a necessary step.

"Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices," the company's Patent Licensing GM Paul Melin said. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia's innovation."

The lawsuit is believed to be retaliation for Apple's refusal to license Nokia's claimed patents on 3G, which prompted both the original lawsuit from late last year as well as ITC trade ban requests. Most companies faced with legal action have chosen to license Nokia's patents instead of disputing them, but Apple has not only countersued Nokia but asked for a trade ban on Nokia as well.

Success by either company without a settlement could lead to a complete ban on the other's products, although courts and the ITC could issue partial verdicts that only find some infringement.


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  1. danviento

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    Lazy much?

    Can we *get* any less specific than, "patents on 3G?" I know patent incidents are technical and all, but this could refer to anything to radio receiver technology to UI. Come on MacNN, don't be so laaaazy.

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001

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    Nokia would still sue Apple

    if Apple had made two tin cans on a string popular...

    Nokia really should go eff themselves into a corner.

  1. Eldernorm

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    Nokia losing it

    As I understand it, Apple has no problem paying Nokia for the standard cell phone royalties, but with the fact that Nokia wants LOTS more money from Apple and cross licensing agreements as well, just because Nokia really fears Apple.

    Apple did not want to be taken to the cleaners..... just cause its got a great smart phone. So both sides engage in this suing game.

    Just a thought,
    en

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Apple can pay or not have a smart phone

    Nokia is really being generous.

    Consider that Apple issues vague statements, I'll paraphrase: "we are putting together a patent posse to go after open source video codecs."

    Whereas Nokia actually named the infringing patents and gave Apple the chance to license them.
    It appears Apple just decided to release infringing products, and not pay the licensing fee.

    Except thats not how it works, and now they could have their products pulled.

    But this is so common in the patent world - it rarely comes down to anything except the largest can bully the small. Apple has plenty of money, billions in reserves, and so they have the luxury of fighting, just to see what happens.

    So did Microsoft, with Office and xml - they lost. Apple could lose here too. They figure, what's the worst that can happen, I end up actually having to pay the patent owners.





  1. Foe Hammer

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    Adobe Loves This!

    Nokia recently re-upped its site license of Adobe's Sue-Sue-Studio 5.
    And yes, Adobe's finally convinced Phil Collins to appear in the ads for it.

  1. facebook_Joseph

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    Apple

    The technology market is full of lawsuits, I'm not surprised at all. Apple is going to well though, they are a good company. However, like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received... it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here.

  1. facebook_Joseph

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    Apple

    The technology market is full of lawsuits, I'm not surprised at all. Apple is going to well though, they are a good company. However, like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received... it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here.

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