Nokia jacks up Apple patent complaint
New filing covers 'virtually all' Cupertino output
Nokia has upped the ante in its patent-infringement battle against Apple by extending its accusations to cover "virtually all of [Apple's] mobile phones, portable music players, and computers," according to a statement by the fiesty Finns.
The USITC complaint accuses Cupertino of violating Nokia patents "in the area of user interface, as well as camera, antenna and power management technologies."
The distinction between the two complaints, according to Paul Melin, Nokia's general manager of patent licensing, is that "While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple's attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple's practice of building its business on Nokia's proprietary innovation."
After Nokia filed its original lawsuit, Apple declared that it would "defend the case vigorously", and then launched a countersuit in December. At that time, Apple's head lawman Bruce Sewell sniffed in a statement, "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."
Apple has yet to respond to Tuesday's USITC filing, but we can only assume that this is one dust-up that's going to continue for some time, with no love lost between Cupertino and Espoo. ®
Beat what? Most of what the iPhoney can do was capable on phones released by Nokia back in 1997! I'm sure Nokia wants to license Multitouch and I'm sure Apple wants to keep it to themselves. You should really read the litigation documentation. Apple didn't approach Nokia at all and it was Nokia who told them they were using Nokia patents. Apple even admits that they are required to use GSM technology. If you read between the lines, after Apple rejected the first offer from Nokia, Nokia increased the royalty payment amounts by 2.5 times, so the first proposal was the standard going rate. Apple rejected and then complained that the 2.5 times was more than what other companies were paying. First, Nokia offered the standard rate and it was Apple who rejected. Second, Apple knew they needed to use those patents and NEVER went and asked to use them and it was the patent holder that had to ask for their royalty payments. Apple should have secured them long before they released the iPhoney.
How long did it take Apple to support MMS? That was part of the GPRS back in 1997! So, Apple releases a product a decade later and supports GPRS but doesn't support the full spec.
The only thing that Apple has that Nokia doesn't is multi touch.
I think Apple got this bit wrong..
"Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours." - Err I think that Apple will find that Nokia had smartphones with touch screen interfaces long before Apple did. As for inventing technologies instead of stealing them, thats rich coming from a company that stole the GUI from Xerox...
US Patent 6438176 - Digital gaussian frequency shift keying modulator
* Haran, Onn
* Ilan, Haviv
* Kaufmann, Yaron
(All of these names are classic Israeli names, a little national pride there, sorry)
* Texas Instruments Incorporated
Last, I checked, TI and Apple are two different companies, so either I'm wrong about this, or you should make sure not to post "facts" that take exactly one Google search to disprove.