Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 10:35 UTC
Legal "Apple vs. Samsung initially ended with a billion-dollar verdict in favor of Apple, but there have been plenty of wrinkles since. This week brought about another, as Nokia filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the brief filed Monday, Nokia asked the court to permit permanent injunctions on the sale of Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple's patents." In the meantime, the latest comScore figures for the US show that Windows Phone's market share actually declined during the launch of Windows Phone 8. It's pretty clear that, combined with the disappointing quarterly results for Nokia, the company is setting itself up for the future. In this future, Nokia's patent portfolio is worth more than their actual phone business, and as such, Nokia can't do anything but support Apple in this case, else the value of their portfolio goes down.
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It isn't about Samsung
by Nelson on Thu 7th Mar 2013 11:17 UTC
Nelson
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This isn't about Samsung, or Apple. Its about the precedent that the ruling against Apple would have.

When Judge Koh denied Apple its injunction, it had wide ranging implication for every player in the industry. To be honest, I'm surprised that Nokia has been the only one to recognize the severity of the situation. The bar has been set impossibly high to get an injunction.

If Apple can't get an injunction after a Jury has found Samsung to be infringing to the tune of a billion dollars, then who the hell can get an injunction?

That's why Nokia is doing this. It isn't some nefarious Nokia-Apple alliance, but a peculiar alignment of interests.

I'm fairly confident that Judge Koh's ruling won't stand on this. Its too draconian a restriction. Apple clearly deserves the injunctive relief.

Now, a word on marketshare. To me, the numbers speak well for an OS who's principal OEM is supply strapped. Nokia can't make the things fast enough because they need to be deliberate with supply. Its a balancing act.

You can see this in countries like Poland, Russia, Italy, and other European companies where Windows Phone is sometimes in the double digits regionally there. It is undeniable that there, Windows Phone has great momentum and is catching on.

Sure Nokia is having issues in the US (though not really, given that they're more or less treading water in a rapidly expanding market -- and sequentially they were able to keep up pace with Android device sales in the US for January, which is no small feat. 360k vs 400k) but that can be worked through, especially since they've fleshed out their portfolio. T-Mobile getting the Lumia 510 will boost sales immensely, along with VZW getting a 920 variant and ATT getting another flagship.

Look, Nokia now has a Windows Phone 8 device for $180 dollars unsubsidized. That's low-end Android territory with an undeniably better user experience at the same price point. Nokia is getting very aggressive on the low end now, and surprisingly its with Windows Phone 8.

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