“Nokia Oyj shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple Inc.’s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission said as a trial started,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.
“‘The evidence will not establish a violation’ of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents,” Decker reports.
“The trial that began yesterday in Washington is among a group of disputes at the ITC over the technology behind the burgeoning market for smartphones, which can perform some of the same functions as computers,” Decker reports. “Nokia has its own case against Apple; Apple is dueling with HTC Corp. and Motorola Inc. over phones that run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system; and Microsoft Corp. has a case pending against Motorola.”
“The Nokia phones at issue include ones that run on its Symbian operating system. Nokia is challenging both infringement and validity of the Apple patents, which include one for a way the device boots up and another related to power management,” Decker reports. “The staff said that some aspects of the patents were invalid and others weren’t infringed.”
Decker reports, “The judge isn’t obligated to follow the staff’s position. His ruling is subject to review by the six-member commission, which is scheduled to complete the investigation by June.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Some might say that the proof that Nokia did not infringe (or infringe enough) on Apple’s iPhone patents is evidenced by Nokia’s so-called “smartphone’ sales numbers.