Not so fast: ITC staff shot down four patents in Apple vs. Nokia case, but 24 remain

Apple Store“Reports of a big win for Nokia in its patent fight with Apple may be premature,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “Florian Mueller, who has forgotten more about high-tech patents than most of us will ever know, says we should take with a grain of salt what Bloomberg, Reuters and the IDG News Service are reporting about Apple vs. Nokia, the patent trial that opened Monday before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington.”

The ITC staff has recommended (and the judge is likely to rule) that Nokia shouldn’t be found liable for violating four of Apple’s patents, a development that was reported as a big win for Nokia by all three news services,” P.E.D. reports. “It is a setback for Apple, says Mueller, but only a minor one. These are just four of dozens of patents with which Apple has sued Nokia, HTC and Motorola (MOT) — the last two proxies for Apple’s larger battle against Google (GOOG) and its Android operating system.”

P.E.D. reports, “Moreover, the four patents that the ITC staff has ruled on are far from the most important ones.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

16 Comments

  1. The confuzed1:

    Patent law is NOT a matter of interpretation. The defense of patent infringement may try very hard to convince a court of law that interpretation is at the root of the infringement in order to avoid liability. Obfuscation of issues is a common strategy and tactic in defense of patent violations, but patents are not awarded randomly and much scrutiny is applied throughout the process including the public right to dispute patents before they are granted and approved. There a exceptions to every rule and some patents may be errant, but in high profile patent filings by companies like Apple you can be sure that the utmost scrutiny and examining is exercised.

  2. All of the Thieves will Pay up Next Year including,
    HTC, Nokia, & Motorola.
    Hey Eric T. Mole, Hear that, Ur ass is Grass.
    Even if its Just 4 the (Pinch/Zoom & CoverFlow) Nokia will be held Liable Because it was Apple who Brought that Technology to the Forefront & have Been Awarded Many Patents which is now Apple’s Intellectual Property.

    (Mark my Word) They will Pay up.

    We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them. – Apple CEO Steve Jobs when unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7945084053124129040#

  3. All of you blind followers are also hypocrites. Let someone sue Apple for patent infringement and the answer is ” patent system is flawed”. Let Apple sue someone and the answer is “the defendant needs to die”.

    Sounds like Rush Limbaugh claiming government sucks and taxes need to be zero, then supporting billions of spending on the military machine.

    Must have really big mouths to be able to talk out both sides of it.

  4. If Rush said taxes should be zero- I am all for it! They bleed me dry and they still are taxing

    Government does suck- have you seen those idiots! Rich they are and yet they say they are for the poor?! Have they ever had to work there lives away for 25k a year! Bastards!

    Spend what they will on military. Most of it is made in the USA. So jobs are made and people are not on the welfare system. Other parts of the US exports a lot to other countries.

    Based on this, I am in full agreement with Rush. Makes sense.

    With Apple, at least they work there arse’s off to make something beyound the ordinary. So, I have to agree with it. Help Apple and burn the others. We benefit from better designs and trouble free systems. At least, the most trouble free I have used!

    Ummmm, Not seeing your point really. Oh well.

  5. Ok all you teatards go off and die now – without the politically motivated backing you are dead in the water because shit floats on the water.

    This is a Mac forum, take yourselves all to the sewer for a nice shower now, Jerry Springer will be there to give you your bones.

  6. @ Really?!?!:

    “..claiming government sucks and taxes need to be zero”

    No one has EVER said that “taxes need to be zero”. Typical liberal spinsmanship & obfuscation of the legitimate fact that taxes & spending are indeed way out of control..And SMALLER & LIMITED govt is the cry, not ‘Govt sucks’ as you want to distort it to mean. These are pretty SIMPLE principles lost on the Socialists cretans..

  7. What bothers me is the spin put on this news by
    Bloomberg, Reuters and the IDG News Service.
    Reputably these are dependable sources. Where
    does one go for reliable news?

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