Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Jun 2011 06:31 UTC
Legal Well, the first of the big patent litigations is over. Since this one involves Apple, the big winner is obviously the highly innovative company from Cupertiono, right? The company from which all others copy, right? Well, no, not exactly. The big winner is Nokia.
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RE[2]: Nokia won?
by Carewolf on Tue 14th Jun 2011 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Nokia won?"
Carewolf
Member since:
2005-09-08

Anyway this means that it is actually legal to first license a patent to allow someone manufacture the chip, and then license the same patent again to someone making a product with the chip.

Hardware patents or not, there is something awfully software patent about it when the licensing follows concepts of 'application' instead of strictly following the hardware.

Could you buy a piece of hardware, but then not get all the rights for it? -- "To upgrade your CPU, buy a license upgrade"?? -- Software does it all the time, but it is not something I would readily accept for hardware.

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RE[3]: Nokia won?
by kittynipples on Wed 15th Jun 2011 12:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Nokia won?"
kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Yes, I remember this too; and because of the legal concept of patent exhaustion, the whole claim that Nokia could demand GSM related license fees from Apple, after the component supplier of the GSM chips had already paid the license, should have been discarded. The patents dealing with antenna design, etc. not already being licensed, were obviously still Apple's responsibility.

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