by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
lawsuits, patents

apple, mobilemedia, nokia, sony

Live By The Patent, Die By The Patent: Apple Loses Patent Lawsuit Over Sony & Nokia Patents

from the but-of-course dept

We've argued before that it often seems that operating companies that decide to go down the path of suing others for patent infringement are really just opening themselves up to being hit with similar patent lawsuits themselves. It's a complete waste of time and money (all of which could be going towards actual innovation). With Apple launching patent nuclear wars all over the place, now it's been getting hit back with suits from others. The latest is that Apple has lost a patent dispute with MobileMedia, a company that Sony and Nokia dumped some patents into for the sake of shaking down getting "licensing" revenue from other companies. The whole thing is silly, and Apple, Sony, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Microsoft and everyone else would be better served by not having to fight off all these silly lawsuits, but by being focused on making better products and competing in the marketplace.

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    Wally (profile), 14 Dec 2012 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Also if you take the time to research you will find that the patents brought by Apple don't involve functions of the Android, I mean come on, Apple sued Samsung with "design patents" the same BS Nokia is using against Apple now, if Apple can sue for rounded corners, icon alignment, why can't Nokia sue for button configuration?"

    Hooray!!! You finally got my point!!!!! I simply said the issue, regardless of it being full circle on Apple, shouldn't have happened in the first place. Yes some design patents are sketchy, though you can easily use different angled round's based on a 3 dimensional shape so a depth and azimuth angle are included by the way...ugh tangent...point is simply that the difference is that when you look at implementation of certain features for which Nokia and Sony's shell company is suing Apple for, the patent's aren't even referable to the iPhone and are therefore far more sketchy than Apple's supposed patent on rounded corners.

    Now to step onto subject as it seems people like to troll...this is an indication that the patent war has gone far enough.

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