First Imitating Fruits, Now Animals: Apple's a Bunch of Copy-Cats? - The UpStream

First Imitating Fruits, Now Animals: Apple's a Bunch of Copy-Cats?

posted Sunday Oct 25, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

First Imitating Fruits, Now Animals: Apple's a Bunch of Copy-Cats?

Looks like Apple is going to have to call their lawyer after being served a lawsuit filed by Nokia with the Federal District Court in Delaware. Allegedly, the Apple iPhone infringes on Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS, and wireless LAN standards.

With one of the most extensive patent portfolios in the industry, Nokia has become the mastermind behind many discoveries in wireless communications, investing more than 40 billion Euro in research and development in the last twenty years. With license agreements (which include these patents) with almost 40 countries, the company has become one of the leading innovators in the wireless market.

There are ten patents surrounding this lawsuit, all regarding one or more of the UMTS, GSM, and wireless LAN standards. According to the Vice President of Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, Ilkka Rahnasto,

The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for.

All iPhone models since the original in 2007 have infringed on everything from Wireless data to speech coding , without compensation. Rahnasto continued on to suggest that "Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation." No wonder it's the 3G suck!

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