Monday, November 29, 2010

Apple Nokia Legal Battles Will Start This Week

#Apple #Nokia Legal Battles
Nokia and Apple will present their arguments for the patents they own and the other violated to the ITC, International Trade Commission this week.
(The International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial agency, was set up to protect domestic markets from unfair trade practices. It has the power to ban imports of products found to infringe U.S. patents.)
Lawyer talking to Bloomberg thinks it is a contest between 800 pound gorillas;
“These are very well-known, deep-pocketed, high-end manufacturers, Usually you have one 800-pound gorilla going after a new entrant. Here you’ve got 800-pound gorillas fighting each other.” ” said Lyle Vander Schaaf, an attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Washington, who handles cases before the commission.
Nokia sued Apple and Apple counter sued Nokia  in 2009. Nokia also had the first chance to present it's case to ITC.
“Apple was a decade late to market for mobile phones, You can undercut competition when you use the inventions of others.” said Patrick Flinn, a lawyer at Alston & Bird who represents Nokia,  in opening arguments today in Washington.
Apple also has other cases against HTC and Motorola in front of ITC, perhaps a part of battle to stem the growth of Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system.
You can read more about these legal battle at BloombergBW.


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