Nokia is a fighter. Once again Nokia is heading to international court once again in an attempt to attack Apple‚Äö√Ñ√¥s production development. This complaint is heading to the U.S. International Trade Commission for the second time over seven specific patents that they claim Apple has violated in the creation of almost every single mobile device on their ‚Äö√Ñ√∫i‚Äö√Ñ√π line.
The specific patents that they are referring to have to do with positioning features, data synchronization, Bluetooth elements, multitasking, and even something they are listing as ‚Äö√Ñ√∫calling quality.‚Äö√Ñ√π In their public statements they have likened themselves to a‚Äö√Ñ√π leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products,‚Äö√Ñ√π and they are clear in their identification of Apple as company built on their work. After these seven supposed patent violations this means that Nokia has filed a total of 46 violations with the ITC against their Rival, Apple.
On December 29th, 2010, they filed patent violations against Apple around feature such as the Antenna, power management, and camera. Through the ITC they claimed that Apple violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. This section, called the Investigations of Unfair Practices in Import Trade, which has a purpose to curb ‚Äö√Ñ√∫unfair import competition, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the United States, prevent the establishment of such an industry, or restrain or monopolize trade and commerce in the United States.‚Äö√Ñ√π
This comes after the October Delaware infringement lawsuit in 2009, where Nokia accused Apple of ten counts of infringement around things like use of wireless LAN standards. These patents were officially from 2007, but after going through the ITC process it was determined that no Section 337 violation had actually occurred and therefore the claim, based on thirteen supposed violations, was not warranted.
Internationally, Nokia has extended lawsuits far beyond the limits of the U.S. borders. In Germany, Britain, and the Netherlands Nokia has filed lawsuits against Apple for the same violation of patents based on several different iDevices released by Apple over the last few years.
The result of this lawsuit is unsure, but if the ITC‚Äö√Ñ√¥s previous ruling is any indication it will likely not result in anything. This is not to say that the patents have not necessarily been violated, but in the recent corporate climate it will be difficult to win a lawsuit based on the supposed monopolistic practices by a company like Apple.
The purpose of this lawsuit is less about reclaiming the development for Nokia, but instead an attack on the distribution of competing devices through Apple. Nokia‚Äö√Ñ√¥s stock has recently moved slightly downward, and their upcoming Windows phone is not likely to stand well when positioned directly against the iPhone. An ITC ruling in their favor would create limitations for the iPhone on the international market and likely cripple its development here on out. At this point it does not appear that Apple has much to worry about, but a change in ruling could have drastic consequences for Apple Inc. as a whole.