US trade judge rules for Apple in Nokia dispute

Mar 26, 2011
A member of the media inspects an iPod Touch at an Apple Special Event in San Francisco, California 2010. A judge with the US International Trade Commission ruled in Apple's favor on Friday in a patent dispute with Finland's Nokia over mobile phones, portable music players and computers.

A judge with the US International Trade Commission ruled in Apple's favor on Friday in a patent dispute with Finland's Nokia over mobile phones, portable music players and computers.

Judge James Gildea denied Nokia's claim that Apple had violated five patents held by the Finnish company.

The did not provide an explanation for his ruling and the full six-member commission now has 60 days to review his determination.

The ITC has the authority to bar imports into the United States of products found to be infringing on patents and Nokia was seeking to have Apple products barred.

The two mobile phone titans have been embroiled in a fierce legal battle over patents with Nokia lodging at least two other lawsuits against and the California gadget-maker filing countersuits against the Finnish company.

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Gena777
not rated yet Apr 11, 2011
As noted by Alexander Poltorak at GPC: "One cannot help wondering if the latest round [of suits between Apple and Nokia] is not a proxy for a fight between Microsoft and Apple, which are rivals as well." It's questionable whether these mobile wars should take place in the courts, in the form of patent litigation, or should be properly restricted to the marketplace, where they rightfully belong. Whatever one's position on the issue, however, it's true that as long as IP rights exist, then patentees have every legal right to enforce them.
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