After losing a patent battle with Apple, Nokia decides to try again [Third time’s the charm?]

Nokia and Apple have been fighting over much more than smartphone market share over the past few years. The Finnish handset maker, upset that they couldn’t come up with something as innovative and technologically advanced as the iPhone, decided that the best course of action to show the new kid on the block who’s boss would be to send an army of lawyers to California to wage a war over patents rather than cracking the whip on their engineers to make them pump out a better product. According to the latest press release out of Nokia today there are now 46 patents in dispute, and many of them are over 10 years old. All this comes after Nokia lost a patent battle less than a week ago.

To be more specific, this new complaint filed with the ITC (International Trade Commission) deals with 7 patents that cover multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories. You already know where we stand on patents. Ideas are worthless, it’s all about the execution. Both a top of the line iPhone and the cheapest model in Nokia’s portfolio have the ability to make phone calls and send and receive text messages, but they go about it in completely different ways. If companies think they can keep themselves afloat by protecting an idea rather than innovating and further refining that idea over time then they get what’s coming to them.

With Microsoft and Nokia now working together, you bet they’re going to cross license even more patents. Many features that have been exclusive to Windows Mobile and Windows Phone (we can’t think of any, can you?) will somehow end up in the rest of Nokia’s portfolio. Who is going to sue who at that point or will people just be too scared since Microsoft has a bank account that can purchase the continent of Africa?

  • Anonymous

    “The Finnish handset maker, upset that they couldn’t come up with something as innovative and technologically advanced as the iPhone, decided that the best course of action to show the new kid on the block who’s boss would be to send an army of lawyers to California to wage a war over patents rather than cracking the whip on their engineers to make them pump out a better product.”

    Are you for real!

    Patents require that they are actively protected. Patents are a normal source of income for any company. What you’re implying has nothing to do with the reality. It only shows your complete lack of understanding of this issue. Which poses a question: “Why are you writing about something that you clearly don’t understand?”

  • Anonymous

    Stefan, this is sad, really….
    You are saying Nokia is not innovative ?!? My god you actually think there s no backbone for what Nokia is doing? almost everything you have on your iPhone is because of Nokia, including your 3G data, texts and voice!

    By the way, even voice.. hmm the main feature of a cellphone Apple couldn’t do so well but shheee do not tell anyone..

  • “upset that they couldn’t come up with something as innovative and technologically advanced as the iPhone”
    Excuse me? if you are saying Apple is innovative and Nokia is not then you, sir, are retarded.

  • “If companies think they can keep themselves afloat by protecting an idea rather than innovating and further refining that idea over time then they get what’s coming to them” – Dude, this is EXACTLY what Apple has been doing for years, even the slightest rumor of other companies using ‘their’ multitouch and they all run to lawyers. Besides, name me one thing that Apple did first when it comes to Iphone. I dare you – ONE.
    …Nothing? So mind your mouth next time you start yapping out clueless statements

  • Sean

    This guy is stupid!

    Apple has been running around with their lawyers, knocking on every door to see if they can start a war.

    I’m probably not going to waste my time reading your articles.

    Nice try though, Apple Fan Boy

  • what a fucking retarded article. go back to sucking steve jobs’s dick

  • Jhynde

    Nokia handsets are as advanced as the iPhone if not more. The problem is entirely software-content related.

  • Geoff

    Slammed!

    I read this article expecting it to be commented on by a whole lot of apple fan boys and anti-patent crusaders. Clearly being one would contradict being the other so there is no such thing is an ‘Anti-patent crusading apple fan boy”.

    What a jerk.

  • Arth74

    I see Nokia fan boy commentators are out in full force. Hilarious.

  • Seems Nokia’s business model for the last half-decade or more is to focus on patent trolling rather than making phones. They even had to side with WP7 to even legitimize their phone business.

  • Mr Gingerbread

    are you kidding me? im not using either brands but the way i see it, this article is so biased. apple have never been innovative, the 1 thing that theu do is to release a gadget, and then slimmed it down and called it number 2, make it a bit faster and call it number 3 and so on. IPhone is trendy but for a person into specification, i’ll take N900 over an iphone but too bad nokia is now partnering themselves up with microsoft.

    • SilentBob

      your comment is biased as well. Or is it that you simply can’t see that? In my own bigotted opinion (hey at least I admitted it!) Nokia is a very capable company in terms of its technology and rd and has ample resources to back them up. What Nokia sorely lacks, I believe, is the foresight, creative thinking, all-encompassing understanding and ability to KNOW how to utilize its resources to effectively accomplish its goals which Apple possess. Could Nokia have dominated the smartphone market early on? It certainly had the resources and know-how to do so, but it failed to efficiently employ its resources in places where they would really made a difference in both the long term and the short term. In 2005, did Apple have a better clue of capacitive touchscreen technology than its future competitors? probably not. But Apple is lone amongst the many in that they had a superior understanding of what touchscreen technology entails – the allowance for a modern ui and maximum utilization of available spaces to provide for a better user experience. So Apple put its money to good use and made a ton of money off of their early investment in something other companies were probably aware of but gravely underestimated. Likewise, Apple made sigbificant efforts to extend the power efficiency of its devices, expand its already impressive ecosystem (the importance of which Nokia has learned to appreciate only recently) and, yes, make its stuff thinner, in the belief that the majority of its targetted consumer group would be enticed by 48 hour of battery life, great customer support and great ui or that third parties would flock to make tons of content for its devices which would both help to increasec the devices’ appeals to the customers and furthermore bring in a handsome and steady source of income by the purchase of those contents. Looking at Apple’s stocks these days, you can’t really argue with how well Apple’s decade long (and still ongoing) strategy has paid off. If by innovative you are referring to a company’s ability to make its products better in creative and never-been-done-before ways, then I guess you are right to say that Apple isn’t as creative as it might appear to be, since many of the nitbits its products are renowned for have been done by others in the past. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple is LESS innovative than other companies. On the other hand, how often do you see a product successfully UTILIZE those innovations? Again, Apple knows just how important those features could be and Nokia doesn’t. In my opinion, that’s what matters. What also matters is that Apple is getting filthy rich and Nokia isn’t. If you prefer a n900, that’s completely understandable, since the iphone is rumored to be horrible at making calls, etc. That, however, does not mean that the iphone is a horrible device, since people have differing and exclusive opinions on things. Getting back on topic, the whole situation with the patent infringement/trolling/war is a convoluted mess in which ALL participants act like immature assholes. It’s humiliating for Nokia to sue Apple over insignificant and arbitrary patents (thrice) which no one else would pay attention to and Apple is being a bitch by suing back instead of ignoring the insult in a way that befits a comapany of its standing. That’s that. I may have expressed more than is needed but thinking over the current situation is surprisingly irritating.

    • SilentBob

      your comment is biased as well. Or is it that you simply can’t see that? In my own bigotted opinion (hey at least I admitted it!) Nokia is a very capable company in terms of its technology and rd and has ample resources to back them up. What Nokia sorely lacks, I believe, is the foresight, creative thinking, all-encompassing understanding and ability to KNOW how to utilize its resources to effectively accomplish its goals which Apple possess. Could Nokia have dominated the smartphone market early on? It certainly had the resources and know-how to do so, but it failed to efficiently employ its resources in places where they would really made a difference in both the long term and the short term. In 2005, did Apple have a better clue of capacitive touchscreen technology than its future competitors? probably not. But Apple is lone amongst the many in that they had a superior understanding of what touchscreen technology entails – the allowance for a modern ui and maximum utilization of available spaces to provide for a better user experience. So Apple put its money to good use and made a ton of money off of their early investment in something other companies were probably aware of but gravely underestimated. Likewise, Apple made sigbificant efforts to extend the power efficiency of its devices, expand its already impressive ecosystem (the importance of which Nokia has learned to appreciate only recently) and, yes, make its stuff thinner, in the belief that the majority of its targetted consumer group would be enticed by 48 hour of battery life, great customer support and great ui or that third parties would flock to make tons of content for its devices which would both help to increasec the devices’ appeals to the customers and furthermore bring in a handsome and steady source of income by the purchase of those contents. Looking at Apple’s stocks these days, you can’t really argue with how well Apple’s decade long (and still ongoing) strategy has paid off. If by innovative you are referring to a company’s ability to make its products better in creative and never-been-done-before ways, then I guess you are right to say that Apple isn’t as creative as it might appear to be, since many of the nitbits its products are renowned for have been done by others in the past. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple is LESS innovative than other companies. On the other hand, how often do you see a product successfully UTILIZE those innovations? Again, Apple knows just how important those features could be and Nokia doesn’t. In my opinion, that’s what matters. What also matters is that Apple is getting filthy rich and Nokia isn’t. If you prefer a n900, that’s completely understandable, since the iphone is rumored to be horrible at making calls, etc. That, however, does not mean that the iphone is a horrible device, since people have differing and exclusive opinions on things. Getting back on topic, the whole situation with the patent infringement/trolling/war is a convoluted mess in which ALL participants act like immature assholes. It’s humiliating for Nokia to sue Apple over insignificant and arbitrary patents (thrice) which no one else would pay attention to and Apple is being a bitch by suing back instead of ignoring the insult in a way that befits a comapany of its standing. That’s that. I may have expressed more than is needed but thinking over the current situation is surprisingly irritating.

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  • Well, as the saying goes, the third times a charm. So…

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