John Martin, who according to his LinkedIn profile was Vice President of iPhone and Mac Internet Services at Apple from August 2005 to September 2008, is joining Nokia to head up the group working on Maemo and Maemo based devices according to the Finnish publication Talous Sanomat. Martin has worked in a huge variety of companies before joining Nokia, and before Apple, including Starbucks (Vice President, Music and Entertainment), Loudeye (Senior Vice President Engineering), Microsoft (Director, Windows Internet Services) and NASA (Group Manager, NASA Science Internet). Martin sued Apple back in February of 2008 for failing to compensate him for a patent he holds, U.S. Patent No. 6,926,609 “Method for operating an electronic machine using a pointing device” [PDF link]. Can he bring about innovation within Nokia or is he going to sit on a desk, making power point slides all day while engineers walk up to him just to rub his tummy for some inspiration from Apple? Time will tell.