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Nokia Sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic 146

angry tapir writes "Nokia has filed claims in the U.S. and Germany saying that products from HTC, Research In Motion (RIM) and ViewSonic infringe a number of the company's patents. Nokia has filed actions against all three companies in Mannheim's and Munich's respective regional courts. Nokia has also filed complaints against HTC before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Federal District Court of Delaware and the regional court in Düsseldorf. RIM will also have to dispatch its lawyers to Düsseldorf for a Nokia lawsuit filed there, while ViewSonic's legal team have to defend the company against a suit in Delaware."
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Nokia Sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

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  • by Grave ( 8234 ) <awalbert88NO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @10:17PM (#39875203)

    I can't keep track of all these lawsuits anymore. I just keep picturing an image of the globe with thousands of missile tracks as the world's tech companies try to obliterate each other with patents.

  • by walterbyrd ( 182728 ) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @10:18PM (#39875221)

    Microsoft cannot sue Android makers directly, because they all already paying Microsoft for the bogo patents. But since MS essentially owns Nokia, Microsoft gets to double dip.

  • Re:Confirmation (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Renderer of Evil ( 604742 ) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @10:28PM (#39875267) Homepage

    Are you trolling, or just stupid?

    Apple has paid Nokia a hefty sum in addition to ongoing royalties to settle the patent case out of court.

  • by lanner ( 107308 ) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @10:41PM (#39875331)


  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @11:24PM (#39875533)

    This is the results of Apple's attempt to win in the courts rather than the marketplace.

    When Steve Jobs said he would "go nuclear" to stop other companies from making tablet computers, he failed to understand every other corporation out there is also armed.

    That's why sometimes it's so difficult for me to believe Steve Jobs had anything more than a hipster's level understanding of Buddhism. This stuff is beginner's level Karma knowledge- you reap what you sow.

  • Re:Confirmation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @11:47PM (#39875619) Journal

    I think I have figured out why MSFT and Apple are suddenly friends and its a lot of little things coming together but above all its a common enemy...Google.

    Now that MSFT has bowed out of the media player market by killing Zune there is really only one place that MSFT and Apple really are in competition is the X86 market and looking at Apple under Cook with the way updates to the line have been getting anemic and they are running off pros by dumbing down products like FCP I honestly believe cook is gonna take Apple out of that market. Makes sense as Intel killed the Nvidia chipsets and its getting harder and harder to keep the line trendy with Intel whipping out new chips, its just not a big money maker compared to the i line of products. So I think they will keep a few bottom of the line units for another year or two and then bow out, declaring the iPad the new mac.

    Then you have to look at what Apple and MSFT have had as of late, with Apple taking the high margin sales and MSFT taking the low? I don't think apple has a problem with that, they have never wanted low margin sales. They know even with MSFT getting into tablets and smart phones what they will see, business oriented with major fuckups in UI design but that hardware is cheaper so the low rent market will go for it, again not a market Apple really cares about.

    But then here comes Google...ya know, even if I don't personally use or care for a product I WILL give credit where credit is due and Google threw a BIG monkey wrench right into the nice game Apple and MSFT were playing. You see Apple sells hardware, MSFT software, and Google's model is neither and it pisses with both companies niches. Google gives away Android and does all the work so MSFT can't sell cheap copies to OEMs like they usually do, and since Google is making its money on Google ads and services it doesn't care what kind of hardware you put it on so you are seeing both expensive and cheap android units, and of course those more high end units are cutting into Apple turf. If Apple plays the same game with Google they'll have to update their lines more often as all these new Android pads get faster and faster chips and bigger and bigger graphics, which with Tegra out there that is a worry, because Nvidia is cooking up some pretty powerful chips.

    So frankly I suspect we'll be seeing more and more of this as we go along. Apple doesn't care about MSFT and the low end market, MSFT doesn't really have any products being marketed to the same demographic Apple owns so no real reason to hate each other and BOTH companies would like to "fucking kill Google" with Jobs going so far as to say he'd spend his entire fortune to nuke Android.

    But if I were Google it wouldn't be the lawsuits that would be worrying me, it'd be the one place where MSFT and Apple can royally fuck Google, and that is content. One serious blind spot Google has always had has been content, after all they thought they could just snatch content like they snatch web pages in the search engine with GoogleTV and quickly got the banhammer on their device. This is one area where both Apple and MSFT have also been particularly strong, with MSFT making deals for content for Windows internet TV and X360 and Apple of course with iTunes.

    So while the lawsuits are more drawn out if I was Google I'd be busting my hump signing deals with content providers left and right, because who would want an Android device if it only has YouTube? The fact we haven't seen Google doing this is worrisome, and Google would do well to remember the rule about sleeping giants. If MSFT and Apple are playing nice that is a hell of a lot of capital between them for signing content and if everyone is distracted by the lawsuits that could give Apple and MSFT just the time they need to split ARM like they did x86.

  • Re:Not News (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @11:49PM (#39875639)
    Microsoft is having a hissy fit and getting their bitch to sue because Google's bitch slapped them a good one in Germany. They're all trash.
  • Re:Confirmation (Score:4, Insightful)

    by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @12:42AM (#39875819)

    Maybe, but posting misguiding rage comics and lame graphics which omit the big picture does not make a good discussion.

    For example, AAPL went from $34 when Jobs took over in 1998 to 14 in 2003 under him as CEO. Did that Jobs was a sucky CEO and should have been fired in 2003 based on a rage comic on it's stock by a immature lame, armchair joker analyst like you who knows nothing about companies except to look up the stock price on Yahoo Finance? Turnarounds take time, Nokia had it's head under the sand till he took over. More details here http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_24/b4232056703101.htm [businessweek.com]

  • Re:Confirmation (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @03:31AM (#39876383)

    NOK is dead

    MS and Apple will prop them up as long as they're needed.

    The MS/Apple collusion was allowed to obtain Nortel patents based on a FRAND agreement. Nokia was the axis partner intentionally excluded from the consortium to give them the freedom to do the patent trolling. Microsoft has a long history of using proxies this way, especially companies with nothing left to lose.

  • by Vintermann ( 400722 ) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @05:25AM (#39876777) Homepage

    Nokia is an old time innnovator and a big player in the industry. No way can they be called a patent troll.

    Once-innovative companies that have passed their peak always seem to go down in a blaze of shrill patent lawsuit "glory". They deserve to be called patent trolls when they switch business models like that.

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