Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia - The UpStream

Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

posted Sunday Dec 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

Looks like Apple is trying to get some revenge while salvaging their name in the process. A while back, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Apple, claiming that Apple imposed on patents owned by Nokia. The whole situation was very confusing, mostly because there were no set standards on the legal side of patents. For example, it was not stated whether or not usage of Nokia's patents required reparations. Well, now Apple has turned that tables counter suing Nokia for copying the iPhone.

The only company currently carrying the iPhone claims, "Nokia attempted to copy the iPhone and infringed 13 Apple patents in the process." Seems like a lot of finger pointing to me.

The models under scrutiny are Nokia's 5310, S60 and E71. While Nokia clearly stated they were not out to recover an unreasonable amount of money, Apple is out for more. Nokia was looking only to be recognized for their discoveries and be rewarded them. On the other hand, Apple is expecting to have Nokia drop the lawsuit, along with being awarded for Nokia's infringements, with interest and legal fees.

Bruce Sewell, Apple's general counsel and V.P., even went out to say, "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours." Sounds familiar huh?

Similar to Nokia's lawsuit, Apple stated clearly which patents they believed are infringed on. With both sides having the same story, only in their favor, who is in the wrong? Or is this just one big pointless mess? We'll let the judge decide.


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