Nokia sides with Apple in legal war against Samsung

Nokia sides with Apple in legal war against SamsungNokia 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.”

Via Reuters

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 18:22

Nice... Considering Nokia and Samsung are both WP partners etc etc
What a world.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 18:42

So it's true: Apple buy Nokia

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 18:43

So it's true: Elop will replace Cook

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 18:44

What else? Oh, yeah: booh... 2 has been companies covering ...
Bored now. Good night.

BananaMannn  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:18

Seems Nokia is afraid of Samsung.

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:25

So it's true: Elop will replace Cook

Oh that would be awesome, hard to imagine Apple's board having been asleep for past few years though.

But anyway, hardly a surprise that Nokia could be desperate to remove phones that people actually want from the market.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:38

Pondlife, are you suggesting Nokia's actions weren't based on altruism? Good gawd!

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:40

How long before they go out of business anyway

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:49

Sold 2 million WP devices in China this year... They'll be top dog again by 2018 at this rate.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 20:51

Elop earned €4.2 million in 2012 - cut from projected 7 mill! Guess the Christmas bonus wasn't meant to be. How can he survive on 4 million? And how many Apple shares is that?

mightyforest  Mar. 8, 2013 at 19:41

iphone 6 to run wp9, you heard it here 1st ;)

Pondlife  Mar. 8, 2013 at 19:46

And last.

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