Nokia Ipad Lawsuit
Lawsuits in the world of electronics aren’t unheard of. One of the famous ones targets Nokia and Apple and has to do with both the iPhone and the iPad. According to Nokia, by producing these two popular iOS devices, Apple has violated five patents. These are just the patents mentioned during the last suit that Nokia has launched against Apple. To this suit we also need to add the one in which Nokia accuses Apple of violating 17 patents and the countersuit that Apple launched. These patents, that are the subject of each lawsuit, refer to technologies like signal modulation, geo-locations and antennas.
Because Apple has disregarded these patents Nokia claims that the company is now generating illicit profits that wouldn’t be so high if they had to pay for the technology that they are using inside their devices. If that weren’t enough, Nokia didn’t sue Apple just in the US. There are lawsuits filed against Apple in more than one European country including Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands. In each case it’s about violated patents and the desire of Nokia to receive punitive and compensatory damages from the iPad’s maker.
Fortunately an effect of the lawsuit between Nokia and Apple has yet to come. As you have seen yourself, it’s 2012 and iPad pricing and availability has been changed only because of the addition of a new product to the lineup. Keep in mind that the lawsuits have been around for approximately two years. If in the end Nokia wins on all fronts, it is said that Apple’s technology will end up costing more, but for now that’s a speculation. If Apple is the one getting out of these lawsuits victorious, then Nokia will have a hard time facing the bad publicity and the millions of dollars of legal fees that it will have to pay.
What you should also know is that Apple is also in litigation with HTC, Samsung and Motorola, the main brands that release on the market Android smartphones and tablets that can end up proving to be serious competitors for Apple’s iOS devices. So, it seems like Apple will be caught up in court for quite a while longer although the litigation that involves Nokia it is said to have been settled. No one knows the details behind the scenes but many believe that although Apple had the moral obligation to pay, it shouldn’t have been asked to pay more than what others have paid for Nokia’s licenses. The truth is out of reach, at least for now. Hopefully, regardless of the end result, the iPad’s production and price will stay unchanged. A market without iOS devices is no longer exciting.
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