These times may be very exciting for Apple fans and those who make the magic happen at Apple. After all, Apple is working on a tablet, the new iPhone, iPhone OS 4, and all kinds of craziness. That hasn’t kept Nokia from going after Apple hard with its lawsuit. The lawsuit battle between Apple and Nokia is nothing new. Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple a while back, accusing Apple of patent infringement with iPhone. Since Apple was not too cooperative with that last lawsuit and launched its own countersuit, Nokia has decided to step up its game again. In its countersuit, Apple did indicate that it was going to fight hard to protect its work, so the fight is far from over:
Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours
Nokia is now firing back by asking the courts to keep Apple from importing products that infringe Nokia’s patents. The case has not been assigned to a judge yet, so it’s tough to see where it’s going. But Nokia is quite determined to get its hands on some of the riches that the iPhone has brought Apple. In fact, Nokia is going after everything Apple has made, including its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers.
We have known for a while now that Nokia has been struggling to keep up with the momentum that Apple has built up with iPhone and its other products. It’s tough to say who has a case here, but as we have seen in the past, these lawsuits can be successful. Microsoft did have to deal with a somewhat similar type lawsuit and has just lost in the courts. That doesn’t mean the company won’t be selling Office anymore. But the company will need to make changes to Office code before start selling it again.
At this point, it’s not known how Apple and Nokia will proceed with their legal battle. It’s more likely that they will settle out of courts. Of course, the idea scenario for Apple is to have Nokia’s lawsuit tossed. I am not sure that’s going to happen. But iPhone owners shouldn’t be affected by anything that comes out of this battle (as it looks at the moment).