/ October 22, 2009

iPhone Patent Battle Brewing (Links to Patents Included)

  by  flickr user kyz 
With a product as popular as Apple’s iPhone (Apple recently reported that it sold 7.4 million iPhones sold in the last quarter) it was only a matter of time before the intellectual property lawsuits started pouring in. Who wouldn’t want a piece of Apple’s pie?

Nokia certainly does. The New York Times reported today that Nokia filed a patent infringement suit against Apple claiming that Apple infringed 10 of its patents in developing the iPhone. Nokia filed the suit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware after licensing negotiations between the two companies broke down. Here is a copy of the complaint via BusinessWeek. (The media’s interest in this suit is clearly not lost on Nokia’s lawyers. The complaint reads like a press release.)

Fear not, iPhone users. Like the Blackberry lawsuit from a few years ago, this lawsuit will more than likely end in a settlement between Apple and Nokia. The only real question is how much of the iPhone pie Apple is willing to fork over.

For additional coverage on Nokia’s lawsuit, check out:

PC World
CNN Money
The Wall Street Journal

And for those of you who are really curious, here are all 10 of the patents at issue (from the USPTO website):

U.S. Patent 5,802,465
U.S. Patent 5,862,178
U.S. Patent 5,946,651
U.S. Patent 6,359,904
U.S. Patent 6,694,135
U.S. Patent 6,775,548
U.S. Patent 6,882,727
U.S. Patent 7,009,940
U.S. Patent 7,092,672
U.S. Patent 7,403,621

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