Nokia has been making headlines of recent which should not be a matter to be questioned as they are about to release their first Nokia Android smartphones cum February. What should be questioned is the type of headlines they are making. While there are headlines which revolve round their soon-to-be launched phones, there are also some which suggests a publicity stunt by the company.
Nokia recently filed multiple lawsuits against Apple on grounds of infringement of 32 of their patents by Apple. While I have no problems with the suit itself, I do have a problem with its timing. It all looks like a well planned publicity stunt to me.
The Nokia lawsuit lists infringement by virtually every version of iPhone, including the latest iPhone 7 down to iPhone 3GS. The iPad Pro and every version of iPad Air and iPad Mini, as well as the Apple Watch, AppleTV, and services like Find My iPhone and Find my iPad were also listed to have infringed on Nokia’s patent rights. Even the acclaimed Apple Siri featured in iOS 10 is said to have infringed on a patent it acquired from Alcatel-Lucent.
Looking at it from the other side, it could be true that Apple infringed on their patents rights. If this is so, I don’t know how much it would cost them but I know it wouldn’t be a menial amount.
But seriously, Nokia is very mean. How do you file a suit against Apple suing them right from the iPhone 3GS down to the iPhone 7. The legal battle would be a very interesting one I’m sure.
I’m also wondering why Apple is always in between every law suits. First it was with Samsung and now, Nokia. Illkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said:
“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights.”
So I guess everyone like me would be chilling and watching how the battle between the two phone giants – one smartphone giant, and the other a prospective smartphone giant – would all fold out. You can count on us for updates on this.
Do you think Apple actually infringed on Nokia’s patent rights?