Nokia’s lawsuit against Apple over iPhone likely a negotiating tactic over licensing fees

Apple Online Store CrunchGear’s Jeremy Kessel recnetly spoke with “Barry L. Cohen, Esq., who specializes in commercial and business litigation and intellectual property litigation and licensing at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, [regarding] his thoughts on the Nokia v. Apple matter at large. According to Mr. Cohen, because Nokia has been successful in licensing the patents at issue with dozens of other companies, the Finnish company most likely felt confident that it would be able to reach an agreement with Apple as well. When the negotiations reached an impasse, Nokia was essentially left with no other choice but to pursue legal recourse.”

“Filing the lawsuit against Apple is most likely, at least in part, a deliberate strategy to put more pressure on Apple to agree to the terms that Nokia has requested with regards to licensing the patented technologies,” Kessel reports. “Because the 10 patents at issue include ‘fundamental’ cellular technologies, the lawsuit may also have been motivated by some (or many) of the other companies who are already paying licensing fees to Nokia and want Apple to do the same.”

There’s much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. “Nokia’s lawsuit against Apple over iPhone likely a negotiating tactic over licensing fees” or a negotiating tactic to get Apple to cross license its patents. Nokia would love to get access to Apple’s patents.

  2. I don’t get it. Surely Apple knew the technology is patented so why run with it and risk having to pay huge amts. of $$ ? Conversely why did Nokia wait 2 years before filing?

  3. Hmm… Anyone think there may be a counter suit? Apple has a pretty good patent porfolio too. They may be able to dig up something. Patent law is so screwed up – it is hard to follow the rules even if you want to…

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