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  • ITC Judge Lets Apple Off The Hook in Nokia Patent Infringement Case


    The International Trade Commission - or at least one of it's judges - appears to be on Apple's side in the case brought by Nokia, which asserts that the Cupertino, California-based iDevice maker infringed on five key Nokia patents. On Friday, a US trade panel judge ruled in favor of Apple Inc., determining in the early stages of this legal skirmish that technology used in red hot Apple products like iPhones and iPods does not appear to infringe on Nokia's patents.

    In the original complaint filed by Nokia, the cellphone maker sought to block the importation of Apple devices that violated the Nokia patents in question. Nokia pointed to specific devices like the iPhone 3GS and iPod Nano as guilty parties. In late 2010, the ITC began its investigation into the charges, which if proven legitimate, could have cost Apple dearly.

    But Apple and its products have cleared an important hurdle, as James Gildea, an administrative law judge of the U.S. International Trade Commission, "found that Apple didn't violate a range of Nokia patents." The ITC now has 60 to decide whether to adopt the decision or open it again for further review. Ironically, just yesterday the ITC, according to the Wall Street Journal, decided "to review a judge's initial decision that Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry haven't infringed on patents owned by Eastman Kodak Co." The ITC has effectively tossed the judge's recommendation and would take up review of the initial patent ruling "it its entirety."

    Apple did not offer comment Friday with regard to either action on the part of ITC officials. Nokia, on the other hand, is continuing ongoing efforts to distance itself from Apple to the greatest extent possible. Recently, the popular cellphone maker signed a major deal with Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 software to an expansive new fleet of Nokia handsets.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: ITC Judge Lets Apple Off The Hook in Nokia Patent Infringement Case started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Wonder if the outcome would have been the same if it was Apple suing Nokia
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Wonder if the outcome would have been the same if it was Apple suing Nokia
      Apple are suing nokia!!!!!!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Wonder if the outcome would have been the same if it was Apple suing Nokia
      Apple DID sued Nokia.

      I'm not surprised of this outcome.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Meh.......

      Apple dodging another bullet. So what else is new?
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Deep pockets always win.
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
      Deep pockets always win.
      Completely agree
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      Apple are suing nokia!!!!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Apple DID sued Nokia.

      I'm not surprised of this outcome.
      From Messany's post it came across that it was Nokia suing Apple
      in the case brought by Nokia, which asserts that the Cupertino, California-based iDevice maker infringed on five key Nokia patents.
      In the original complaint filed by Nokia, the cellphone maker sought to block the importation of Apple devices that violated the Nokia patents in question.
      And from Appleinsider it also comes across that Nokia sued Apple first
      Nokia's charges were filed in December of 2009, and broadly applied to iPhones, iPods and Macs, including user interface, camera, antenna and power management technologies.
      Last winter, the ITC began formally investigating the charges, which Nokia sought a billion euros ($1.415 billion) in damages and could have resulted in an import ban of Apple products into the US.
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      With the amount of money they have I'm sure Steve could get away with murder.
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
      Deep pockets always win.
      Very true
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      From Messany's post it came across that it was Nokia suing Apple



      And from Appleinsider it also comes across that Nokia sued Apple first
      Nokia sued Apple, yes. But, Apple also sued Nokia because Nokia sued Apple.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Lol Nokia, thought they had a chance against Apple. I almost feel bad for them...but I don't
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Looks like those iPad 2s are good in more ways than described. Ò.ō
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Judge = Apple fanboi
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
      Deep pockets always win.
      Yep, but on the other hand one company is on the up n' up, and the other hasn't been much since 1995
    1. wilson's Avatar
      wilson -
      Nokia 8890 and 8860 were the best cell phones made during the 90s.
    1. NCMacMan's Avatar
      NCMacMan -
      Uh, both companies have deep pockets, ergo the argument is mute...
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NCMacMan View Post
      Uh, both companies have deep pockets, ergo the argument is mute...
      mute? i think you mean moot my good sir...
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Of course he would dismiss
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Judge = Apple fanboi
      Fail.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Most of these lawsuits are b.s. and are just to piss off their opponent