Apple Attacked by Technology Opponents
By Staff Writer, Libby Jones
Lately the claims of intellectual property regarding the technology of Smartphones have caused Apple quite a bit of trouble.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) will examine multiple cases filed between Apple and other companies including, Motorola, HTC, and Nokia relating to Intellectual Property infringement.
According to Adam Satariano and Susan Decker, writers for Bloomberg.com, Apple has been the most-sued technology company since 2008, the year after the iPhone was introduced.
How will Apple handle these IP allegations? Because of the pressure on Apple for patent infringement, the technology giant has added some more force and experience to their legal team in the form of Bruce Sewell, who was hired last year after working at Intel for fifteen years.
Apple will battle this week with Nokia, a telecommunications corporation. Both of these technology staples are claiming intellectual property violations. According to Nokia the patents in question, “cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007." Because Nokia insists they invented these technologies first, Ilkka Rahnasto, Nokia’s vice president has claimed that, “Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation.”
Likewise, Apple claims that Nokia’s smart phones violate thirteen of their patents. In a similar statement, the new attorney, Sewell states "Other companies must compete with [Apple] by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."
So what’s going to happen as these two battle it out? The Associated Press states that, “counter patent infringement suits are common in litigation and usually result in cross-licensing agreements rather than long-term, cat-and-dog fights in the courts.” Don’t worry, the IPhone will not be disappearing any time soon. Nokia is likely seeking a commercial settlement that would allow Apple to continue selling its most popular product.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Smartphone war. Who do you side with – Apple or Nokia – and why?
December 10, 2010
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