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

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    Default 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

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    Wonder if the outcome would have been the same if it was Apple suing Nokia

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    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!!!!!!

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    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.
    Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!

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    Meh.......

    Apple dodging another bullet. So what else is new?

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    Deep pockets always win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
    Deep pockets always win.
    Completely agree
    RIP Steve Jobs.. You changed the world

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    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.

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    With the amount of money they have I'm sure Steve could get away with murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
    Deep pockets always win.
    Very true

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    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.
    Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!

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    Lol Nokia, thought they had a chance against Apple. I almost feel bad for them...but I don't

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    Looks like those iPad 2s are good in more ways than described. .ō

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    Judge = Apple fanboi

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    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

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    Nokia 8890 and 8860 were the best cell phones made during the 90s.

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    Uh, both companies have deep pockets, ergo the argument is mute...

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    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...

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    Of course he would dismiss

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
    Judge = Apple fanboi
    Fail.

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