Apple Launches Nuclear Patent Counterstrike On Nokia

from the just-like-Thomas-Jefferson-envisioned dept

We've discussed in the past how many large companies now view patent accumulation as something of a nuclear stockpiling technique. That is, if you accumulate enough patents, other large companies won't sue you for patent infringement, because you'll just sue them right back for infringing on your patents. As ridiculous (and obviously against the basis of the very patent system) as this is, it has certainly limited some patent lawsuits between large tech companies. But every so often, a nuclear battle breaks out. Earlier this year, Nokia, jealous over the success of the iPhone, sued Apple. Apple, of course, has bragged about all those patents it holds on the iPhone... so... the obvious next step has occurred, and Apple is lobbing back charges of patent infringement against Nokia. In the end, the two sides will probably work out some sort of settlement, but the whole process is a huge waste of time and resources. Wouldn't we all be better off if they just focused on competing in the marketplace by creating better products?
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Filed Under: mobile phones, nuclear strike, patents
Companies: apple, nokia

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Dec 2009 @ 2:16am


    To further describe:
    I suppose I'm a little confused when Nokia tries to be the victim and apparently outsources it's own chip fab to Qualcomm.

    Regardless of the problems Infineon gave Apple, Nokia will need to pay Apple for infringement of their IP.

    Perhaps they'll both find a middle ground but only after they understand that iPhone exists because of an Infineon Spec, and because of Infineon's inability to acquire proper licenses from Nokia, it may be in turn, more Infineon's fault than Apple's fault.

    Perhaps Nokia should be asking Infineon for royalties... No?

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