Nokia Says Apple Infringed On Ten Patents…. Sour Grapes Perhaps?

Nokia must be ticked that they are not at the top of the food chain when it comes to smart phones. I say that because they just bitch slapped Apple with a patent infringement lawsuit. According to them, they say that  “all iPhones models shipped” infringe on ten patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and WiFi. According to Nokia’s press release:

Much of this intellectual property, including the patents in suit, has been declared essential to industry standards. Nokia has already successfully entered into license agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia’s innovation.

I truly wonder how much this has to do with patent infringement. After all, the iPhone has been around for a while and Nokia isn’t exactly a small company. You’d think that they would have sued them long before now. So perhaps this is due to lost market share rather than patents. The filpside to that is that assuming that Nokia’s statements are accurate, it suggests that Nokia did try to come to some legitimate agreement but Apple via the iLawyers said FOAD. This suggests that it’s Apple who’s operated in bad faith.

Whatever the case is, it will get sorted in court. Eventually.

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