Nokia has dived headlong into the long-running patent battle between Apple and Samsung, filing an amicus brief supporting Apple's efforts to gain a permanent injunction against infringing Samsung Galaxy devices.
The initial reaction in most quarters has been surprise, possibly because Apple so often finds itself in the company of one, particularly when it comes to its iOS-flavoured mobile “walled garden”.
Yet in reporting on its filing (the brief itself remains sealed) Nokia points out that it – like Apple – is a holder of a not insignificant warchest of mobile patents, and is a staunch supporter of any move aimed at fostering true innovation.
Apple has long maintained that Android is in many ways a rip-off of iOS, but has specifically chosen to go after Samsung legally. The Korean firm's ultra-successful Galaxy range, Apple claims, offers features and functions directly lifted from the iPhone.
Last year saw Apple awarded a massive $1bn settlement in the California courts, but was denied in its bid to have offending Samsung Galaxy devices permanently banned from sale.
However, that December ruling came with a window for further amicus filings in support of Apple's request. Nokia's legal pledge of support is the only one that has been filed.
“Nokia has recently been involved in numerous U.S. patent lawsuits, as both a plaintiff and defendant,” Nokia attorney Keith Broyles wrote in filing the brief.
“Nokia is thus both a significant patent owner that might seek an injunction to protect its patent rights, and a manufacturer in an industry in which patent owners routinely issue threats of injunctions for patent infringement.”