Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple

After a judge recently threw out 5 Nokia patent complaints against Apple, Nokia has filed a second series of complaints with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) against Apple. This second complaint is alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.

Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone," said Paul Melin, Vice President, Intellectual Property at Nokia. "Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia's proprietary innovation.

This new complaint refers to seven Nokia patents in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories. This one looks set to drag on for quite some time, and in a great many countries!

[Nokia PR]

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Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple


Doesn't really matter. All companies jock eachother around with patents in a hope that the other company will dish out some big bucks to keep using their patent.
And yes at this point the U.S. Patent system is a joke. Inevitably any sort of patent becomes useless though.
One thing I hate though is companies who say they filed patents on so many advanced tech and yet the competition continuously delivers better than them. This applies to Nokia.
Then again all Nokia needed was the software and a capacitive multi touchscreen. Their hardware is durable and quality. And mobile cameras haven't been beaten by the comp. Yet.
You can argue Nokia's OS still has a lot of tools not available on platforms yet.
But this applies to Windows Mobile and Palm OS which I guess should all be around today too.

"Their hardware is durable and quality"
Not true anymore. Nokia may flash with specs but the overal quality of their hardware dropped considerably in the past 5-7 years.

sounds like Nokia is joining the bandwagon of patent trolls. 10 yrs ago their tech was mildly edgy, but i would never say cutting edge. since, everyone has leapfrogged them, & their solution is to partner w/ Windows & patent troll anyone that's built a better experience.
Create a product that people want & flock to on your own, showcase how you can use your technology better then anyone else, or just be innovative & maybe you'll sell your precious products instead of having to out about pout about what everyone else is doing.
Its a new world, & customers expect & deserve better than you have given us the past 5 yrs. Apple, RIM, HTC, Motorola all offer better experiences then Nokia. Just because you were the past heavy weight, doesn't guarantee your position there forever.

Nokia is just fishing now. This isn't 1998 anymore. They aren't going to regain the market share that they had then. Get over it

Android is doomed. Oracle will kill them with the lawsuit, which is airtight and has legal precedent. When Android is off the market (because Google is re-tooling the JVM to be 100% compliant with James Gosling's help) then Nokia + Microsoft will have a shot at some of Android's former market share.
Of course, when Android is finally allowed back onto the market after being certified 100% Java compliant, it will no longer be free. Google, just like everyone else in the world who uses Java, will pay Oracle for each and every generic mashed-up iPhone clone and iPad clone. "Free" was Android's only advantage over iOS and WP7. Not any more.

wuh wuh wuhht? i just activated an old used android phone to replace my broken-to-bits palm pre. i was thinking of staying with android as its quite functional, hardware coming out for it is stellar and it seems to have a good future (way more than that of webos thats for sure). are u saying i should reconsider this decision?

I think the court would rule in Google's favor. As Java was made by Sun Microsystems and Oracle acquired them and their Java patents on 1/27/2010 (the buy out started on 4/20/2009 but did not complete until 1/27/2010) and Android has been on the market since 2008. And there was no problem until Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems. Oracle is filing this lawsuit because Google is where the big bucks are, because if they went after anyone else they wouldn't get anything out of it. None of these lawsuits are trying to stop companies from using their patents, it so they can get money from other companies.

If Nokia did not ignore the American market for so long then Apple wouldn't of jump so far ahead of them. And why aren't they throwing these patent suits at other companies like Google or Microsoft? Well of course they're not going to sue Microsoft since they're sleeping in together now.

Only winners are the attorneys. Win, or loose, they get paid. The longer you keep it going, the more you get paid. I know there is a need to protect your patents, but this should not be a layer's retirement plan. It is getting out if hand.