Apple suing Nokia in the UK over touch screen scrolling [Cup of tea with that lawsuit?]

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The whole Apple versus Nokia debacle is something we hate covering because at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter, but here’s what’s happened so far, or at least a summary: Nokia sues Apple in the USA, Apple sues Nokia back, Nokia sues Apple over more patents, and this time adds Germany and the Netherlands to the list of countries where their case is to be fought, and now today Apple sued Nokia back, but this time in the UK over touch screen scrolling. Got it? Good.

Here’s a primer on how patents work: In order to get anything done in the mobile industry you need to have a pocket full of patents. The moment you think you can patent something you’ve just thought of, you have to do it. Why? Because everyone builds on the work of everyone else. Nokia created a lot of the technology that makes GSM, 3G, and LTE work, so everyone who ships a phone pays them a nickel or two. Apple creates a lot of technology too, but their skills are more to do with taking what’s currently on the market and refining the living bejesus out of it until it’s damn near perfect. They pay patent royalties, just like everyone else, but are less inclined to do so since the whole market copies their work, yet Apple don’t go after said companies because they know that they don’t own too many essential patents.

Anyway, here’s the obligatory quote from the PR puppet: “Nokia is confident that all of the 37 patents it has asserted against Apple” are valid, Mark Durrant said in an e-mail to Bloomberg, later adding: “We are examining the filing and will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights.”

The amount of money Nokia spends on lawyers, if they used it instead to hire some rock star designers and gave them the freedom to do whatever they wanted, then maybe their stock price wouldn’t be down 5% amongst concerns about their Q4 2010 financial results.

  • Ibrizi1

    “The amount of money Nokia spends on lawyers, if they used it instead to hire some rock star designers and gave them the freedom to do whatever they wanted, then maybe their stock price wouldn’t be down 5% amongst concerns about their Q4 2010 financial results.”

    That shows me how ignorant and bias toward apple! Apple is nothing but a hyped product! the N8 is by far the best smartphone out there… Icrap has no chance when facing the N8… Too bad reporters and bloggers are so bias toward apple that they never show apple flaws… Now go back to ur boyfreind… he is looking for u!

    • Ibrizi1

      “maybe their stock price wouldn’t be down 5% amongst concerns about their Q4 2010 financial results.”

      NOkia will blow pass theur Q4 number…. I mean i just cab believe ignorant like u have the advantage to post online..lol….

    • db1

      Yahoo! Finance message board is leaking…

  • snippi

    A nice quote from article, which shows that Nokia is dominating in China applications stores: “It’s really quite crazy. It’s like everyone is just ignoring that huge, 40% slice of the pie that says “SYMBIAN.” Seriously, if you read more than one or two tech blogs, you’re led to believe that the iPhone dominates the smartphone market, with Android pulling ahead, or nipping at its heels, depending on which statistics you read.”

    http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/01/20/a-brief-glimpse-of-nokias-popularity-outside-the-western-world/

  • snippi

    A nice quote from article, which shows that Nokia is dominating in China applications stores: “It’s really quite crazy. It’s like everyone is just ignoring that huge, 40% slice of the pie that says “SYMBIAN.” Seriously, if you read more than one or two tech blogs, you’re led to believe that the iPhone dominates the smartphone market, with Android pulling ahead, or nipping at its heels, depending on which statistics you read.”

    http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/01/20/a-brief-glimpse-of-nokias-popularity-outside-the-western-world/

  • Tom

    Man… you Nokia fans are totally delusional. The N8 has a good camera… THAT’S IT – it fails in every other way to compete with the iPhone and the top Android phones.

    I’m not saying Nokia doesn’t still have huge potential as a manufacturer, but they do-NOT make the best phones anymore. Not even close. The once great market leader is now a volume manufacturer for midrange to low-end handsets, sorry. Maybe they’ll come back some day. But anyone with a clear view of the situation can see that it’s a company going through a major market change and having some pain while adjusting.

  • http://twitter.com/hurhurhurhurhuh I was prostitutioned

    apple is about to get their asses handed to them. the fanboys can argue all they want. ever heard that everyone stands on the shoulders of giants? If you’re making phones or mobile computers the two guys you don’t want to pick a fight with are palm and nokia. they thought of everything a mobile phone currently is.

    it’s kind of like nvidia or via starting a patent fight with intel, IBM or an ARM company. respect your elders.

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