And so the suing continues. Apple and Nokia aren’t particularly friendly towards one another as of late, with both companies accusing each other of infringing upon one another’s patents. Several shots have been fired back and forth already, with the latest one coming straight from Espoo.
Basically, Nokia has slapped Apple with yet another patent infringement suit in the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin (one of those states I always forget when I play the states game), adding five new patents to the mix.
“The patents in question relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices,” Nokia claims, “These patented innovations are important to Nokia’s success as they allow improved product performance and design.”
“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices,” said Paul Melin, General Manager of Patent Licensing at Nokia, “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.”
You know what’s really funny about these kinds of press releases? You can replace each instance of “Nokia” with “Apple” and they’d make just as much sense. This illustrates that most likely, both companies infringe on each other’s patents like crazy – now it’s just up to who will blink first.
In any case, I’m going to keep this story bookmarked, and see if I can indeed replace all instances of “Nokia” with “Apple” when Cupertino’s next press release arrives.
As Nelson from “The Simpsons” would say (poining towards Apple):
Ordinarily I would be annoyed with Nokia, or any other patent litigator.
But Apple has been truly obnoxious of late, and they deserve every patent lawsuit they get.
Plus, Nokia ordinarily does not litigate. They establish regular licensing on their IP, which most of the mobile industry has complied, with little or no fuss. And for Nokia, I don’t mind so much, because they have literally invested billions in R&D, and were original implementers of a lot of cellular/wireless/mobile technology.
With Apple and their ultra aggressive, draconian, locked-in walled garden, litigating selves, I do mind, because they go way too far, and most of their stuff was simply other peoples original stuff, but repackaged and slickly marketed.