Nokia develops technology, Apple uses without permission, Nokia sues Apple
A Nokia press release appeared in my inbox this morning that kind of surprised me. Apparently, Nokia is suing Apple in a Delaware court over ten patents related to GSM, UMTS, and WLAN standards that Nokia states they established after investing more than EUR 40 billion in R&D over the last 20 years. Nokia stated that they have successfully entered into license agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia’s innovation. Thus, it seems like Apple doesn’t want to acknowledge that Nokia created some technology they need for the iPhone and may be thumbing their nose at Nokia.
The iPhone is extremely successful here in the US and Apple’s UI was quite innovate when it launched a couple of years ago. However, they can’t play the smartphone game with everyone else if they don’t follow the standard principles and need to buck up. Given that all the leading mobile device vendors already have licensing agreements with Nokia, I imagine the court will order Apple to also make a deal or face the consequences.