Apple lawyers up for patent showdowns with makers of iPhone wannabes

Cyber Monday “Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.’s iPhone one of the best-selling smartphones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he’s adding lawyers to the mix,” Adam Satariano and Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s about time. The trade dress infringements alone must be in the hundreds by now.

Decker continues, “This week, Apple is squaring off against Nokia Oyj, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker, before the International Trade Commission. The dispute, in which each side alleges intellectual property violations, is also a precursor to Apple patent battles with Motorola Inc. and HTC Corp.”

“Apple has been the most-sued technology company since 2008, the year after the iPhone was introduced, topping Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., according to LegalMetric Inc., a compiler of litigation data based in St. Louis,” Decker reports. “Jobs, Apple’s chief executive officer, is firing back by recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp… ‘Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours,” Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, said in a Dec. 11, 2009, statement on the Nokia case.'”

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  1. The thing about patent cases is that you want to wait a certain amount of time because if you hit them immediately before they have enough sales, it is hard to demonstrate monetary damage. Apple’s timing gives a neat year of sales from the time of infringement to the time of filing.

  2. Apple should just bide their time (within reason) with this. Let these tagalong-wannabes get deeply invested in their copy-cat products; and THEN Apple drops the hammer. Cause them MAXIMUM financial damage.
    They’ll think twice before coping Apples stuff after that.

  3. Before a lot of us may get carried away a bit too much, Nokia hasn’t really infringed upon Apple as much (hardly any touch screens let alone multi-touch supports, or even a decent UI). Apple, OTOH, has infringed upon heavily on Nokia’s patented stuff including wifi on mobile devices etc. Nokia has been in the handset business a very long time. They tried, unfairly, to squeeze Apple to pay up extra as licensing deals, so Apple went with counter suits just to force them to negotiating table.

    I don’t think Apple is going to/trying to win this one outright. Apple is merely trying to get a better/fairer deal and a licensing agreement. Nokia’s dying without innovation, they are fast becoming a company worth by their past patents. Apple doesn’t see them as much a threat as they might Google, but not for Android, but as an philosophically evil entity.

  4. @Krquet
    Sources please. How are you an expert on what Apple has patented and what Nokia has patented. Are we to believe that you are smarter than Apple and their lawyers. Give us one example of a Nokia patent Apple has infringed on. Just one please.

  5. Apple buys Nokia. End of problem. This will end up in an agreement of the parties leasing certain patented rights to each other because, I am afraid Apple will be found more culpable than Nokia. Quite a different story with Moto, HTC and possibly even Googbait.

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