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Nokia turning the screw: Adds 13 new patents to suits against Apple

Well color me shocked (not) but it seems like Nokia has dug up another round of patents to assert against Apple in their ongoing patent litigation suits. Funnily enough these patents cover things that have traditionally been thought to be Apple’s backyard with on-device app stores and touch user interface and gestures being mentioned. It’s pretty obvious that Nokia is getting rather serious with this suit after having added 5 more patents in May.

Truthfully, some of the things being patented today range for silly to obscure/useless but the fact of the matter remains that if you spend time and money developing IP, you’re certainly going to want to be rewarded for doing so. A certain Stefan Constantinescu thinks it’s simply a defense mechanism by Nokia to stifle innovation by companies like Apple and Google because they can’t come up with ideas of their own.  My initial response was “LOL!!!” but for professionalism’s sake I’ll add a bit more to that. Why is it that when Apple sues a company it is protected its ideas and IP and all is well, but when Nokia or Oracle sues over things that are admittedly and rightfully theirs, they are seen as evil. Bias much?

I’ll give you that some of these patents are vague and rather useless in my humble opinion, but others patent equally mundane and silly ideas and are not nearly vilified for it.

Press release after the break.

Nokia files patent infringement complaints against Apple in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands

Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced it has filed claims in the UK High Court, Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts in Germany and the District Court of the Hague, Netherlands, alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in many of its products sold in these countries, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

“These actions add 13 further Nokia patents to the 24 already asserted against Apple in the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware and Wisconsin Federal courts,” said Paul Melin, vice president, Intellectual Property at Nokia. “The Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences. For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone.”

Nokia’s filing in the UK covers 4 Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures.

Nokia’s filing in Dusseldorf, Germany covers 7 Nokia patents related to touch user interface, antenna structures, messaging functionality and chipsets.

Nokia’s filing in Mannheim, Germany covers 5 Nokia patents related to on-device app stores, caller ID, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.

Nokia’s filing in the Hague, Netherlands covers 2 Nokia patents related to signal noise suppression and data card functionality.

None of the asserted patents have been declared essential to any wireless communication standard.

During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry’s strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with around 11,000 patent families. Nokia is a world leader in the development of handheld device and mobile communications technologies, which is also demonstrated by Nokia’s strong patent position.


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  1. Finally!
    December 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I have been waiting for the great and glorious day that Apple goes bankrupt due to patent infringements!

  2. VV
    December 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    The few articles I read written by that guy clearly show he doesn’t like Nokia.Everything Apple does is good and everything Nokia does is bad in his view.What is wrong with a company trying to protect its intellectual property?If Apple was in its place it would do the exact same thing.Apple’s profits are immense considering they use technologies already invented by others.Plus it seems they don’t like to play fair.To me their biggest innovation is Jobs’ ability to fool people into buying a “phone” with the worst antenna EVER.Everything,every person and every company have their ups and downs.Just because Nokia is in a tough spot at the moment a lot in the media just have this sick pleasure to kick it as much as they can.Nokia and their products have some faults and they deserve some criticism but this is a bit too much.Innovating isn’t done over night.It takes time and I’m sure Nokia has some aces up its sleeve.It will get its smartphone mojo back.And soon enough.

    • December 16, 2010 at 11:04 pm

      And the weird thing is, Stefan had one of the biggest Nokia Blogs (Ring Nokia), dreamed of working at Nokia, moved to Finland, got hired by Nokia…

      …then got let go by Nokia and perhaps the hate ensued? Ha, I don’t know. It might have just been coincidental.
      “Hurt the ones you love the most” :p or fed up Nokia fan.

      “lol, allows you to share, What, How and WHO you’re doing with your friends” lol

      I do miss Stefan’s Nokia love.

      • Andre
        December 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

        I’d heard about that in the past but wasn’t quite sure to what extent he has been involved with them.

        It’s one of two things that happened…. he got fed up with what he saw going on within the company at that time and thus still maintains a jaded opinion of the company, or he hates them for having lost his job

      • VV
        December 17, 2010 at 4:07 am

        Hmmm..interesting…didn’t know he used to be a Nokia fan.I only read a few of his recent articles about Nokia.In the video you posted above he seems like a cool,friendly guy.But his recent articles gave me the impression of a slightly arrogant Nokia hater.Oh well…whatever…

      • Cocco Bill
        December 17, 2010 at 6:26 am

        It looks like Stefan took loosing his job at Nokia very personally. I guess he had invested so much psychologically in working for Nokia, being a Nokia fanboy and all, that when Nokia didn’t need him and let him go, he felt hurt and got very angry and bitter. Now he’s hating Nokia and being a vengeful former employee.

        • Don
          December 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

          Well, I can imagine that it really would suck if that would happen to someone 😦

      • Mendax
        December 17, 2010 at 7:41 am

        “My name is Stefan Constantinescu and I’m fed up with making these videos.”

  3. Don
    December 17, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Why pay any attention to this guy? Like Eldar Nokia somehow hurt his feelings so much he doesn’t move on in his life but now takes every little bit of any opportunity to say something negative, spinning any bit of news that way. Read his site for some examples, most of it is really just pathetic. Almost just feel sorry for him.

    • Cocco Bill
      December 17, 2010 at 6:34 am

      Yeah, it’s quite pathetic. Just like in Eldar’s case. They act like little children.

    • Andre
      December 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

      I’m sure he has his reasons for his views… let’s call it pathetic but rather less than impartial.

      • Don
        December 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

        Fair enough, we don’t know all the reasons, no need to be snarky, I apologize. But he’s not doing himself any favours like this..

  4. Average Joe
    December 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I think anyway that the patent system is broken. Software patents should be abolished, period. You can’t patent math, so why should you be able to patent algorithms?
    This is even more evident when silly patents, with clearly no innovation content, are granted.

    Big companies have to use their patent reservoirs as deterrent for other big companies not to sue them. And anyway they end up spending billions for lawyers, money which could be invested in research and development instead. And in the end the consumers pay the bill with higher prices, and get less innovative devices.

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