Nokia Sues Apple Over iPad

First, kill all the lawyers. That’s what Shakespeare said, and though he was perhaps only 96% right, I do think that 4% of the current crop of lawyers could handle the entirety of real troubles of our lives today.

The rest could be dropped to the bottom of the ocean to plug up that well in the Gulf of Mexico (you know, the other joke about a good start!)

It seems as though Nokia has too much time, and not enough innovation on its hands, so it finds that it’s time to sue Apple over certain things done in an iPad, which upon reading seems so nebulous as to be stupendously silly –


Top mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has taken another legal jab at Apple by suing the Cupertino-based company in the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin over five patents that are allegedly infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G.

"Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices" said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation."

According to Nokia, the new lawsuit focuses on patents that describe methods for enhanced speech and data transmission, for using positioning data in applications, and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space.

No wonder people hate patent lawyers more than others. I must say that this type of determination must be very difficult, but, for example, if the company is not using the exact antenna part that Nokia uses, how can you say they are infringing? It’s like someone putting forth a log-periodic, extended double Zepp, or Yagi antenna, and saying that no one else can, because they have patented it.

Imagine where we would be today if Marconi had been able to patent radio transmission.

It just makes me think that the way you show you are an innovator, if that is your desire, in designs is to release products that compete effectively, not whine about things that could be easily a matter of happenstance. Otherwise, Nokia could simply become another patent troll, and forget about producing stuff.


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