Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

Summary: Nokia has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Federal court in Wisconsin over five patents (3 related to antenna intellectual property). Nokia, which is already suing Apple over the iPhone, added iPad 3G products to its list of targets.

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Nokia said Friday that it has sued Apple over the iPad too.

In its latest lawsuit (download PDF), Nokia has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Federal court in Wisconsin over five patents. Nokia, which is already suing Apple over the iPhone, added iPad 3G products to its list of targets.

Nokia said in its complaint that Apple is infringing on one or more of its patents with the "iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPad 3G. The Wi-Fi only iPad is off the list. Also: Nokia sues Apple again; iPhone, iPad 3G patents at stake

According to Nokia:

Nokia is harmed by Apple’s unauthorized use of Nokia patented technology in a way that cannot be compensated for by a payment of damages alone. Nokia and Apple compete directly, with respect to at least certain Apple product offerings. Apple’s unauthorized use of the patents-in-suit in its products at the time of their sale allows it to charge less for its products because it does not have to recover the costs of development of the technology used in the device. This allows it to obtain market share that it would otherwise not be able to obtain were its products to bear the costs for the patented technology.

The patents include:

6,317,083 (“the 083 Patent”): This patent is entitled “Antenna Having a Feed and a Shorting Post Connected Between Reference Plan and Planar Conductor Interacting to Form a Transmission Line,” was issued in late 2001.

6,348,894 (“the 894 Patent”): The patent is called “Radio Frequency Antenna,” was issued in 2002. The patent "reduces the space needed for an antenna, allowing tighter integration of components and smaller, more compact mobile phones."

6,373,345 (“the 345 Patent”): This patent is called "Modulator Structure for a Transmitter and Mobile Station" issued in 2002. Nokia says:

The 345 Patent is directed to a modulator with a high signal-to-noise ratio. Wireless communication devices, such as mobile phones, include one or more modulators that modify a carrier wave in order to transmit data. One of the most important characteristics of a modulator is its signal-to-noise ratio. Transmissions with a high signal-to-noise ratio are more likely to be received, offering a better experience to users. The 345 Patent provides a high signal-to-noise ratio while reducing the number of filters needed to do so.

6,603,431 (“the 431 Patent”): This patent is the “Mobile Station and Antenna Arrangement in Mobile Station” and was issued in 2003. Nokia says:

The patent allows for an internal antenna with greater performance by creating an antenna assembly space free of the printed circuit board. The increased space allows for design of slimmer devices and improves the antenna characteristics, including a broader impedance band and better radiation efficiency.

And 7,558,696: The 696 patent was issued 2009 and called the "Method and Device for Position Determination." Nokia adds:

The 696 Patent relates to providing a centralized interface for applications running on a mobile device to obtain position data. The 696 Patent allows, for example, for application developers to make use of existing positioning capabilities, without having to write as much code for their applications.

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Topics: Nokia, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Legal, Mobility

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  • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

    Hey Nokia: Why not spend your time and effort to release PR1.2 for maemo or anything at all to complete or make more useful the n900 that today, 6months later, does not even support Ovi Suite? Thanks.
    lcsolano@...
    • Afraid Apple would sue them?

      Maybe they're worried Apple would try to sue Nokia for releasing a phone with Nokia's own patented IP in it?
      John Zern
  • Nokia - Useless company

    Antenna position?
    Position determination for location? (I assume that's an SDK for GPS)..

    Are they kidding? Talk about a company being out of touch with reality. Why don't they patent touch-tone dialing while they are at it....
    croberts
    • Don't blame Nokia

      They are just playing the same game as everyone else. Apple is out suing for dumb stuff too and though it may not be right it is how it is and really kind of levels the playing field since they are all playing the same game.
      OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

        @daMan25 So it's okay that Nokia does it but when Apple does it it's bad... As NZ would say "Cue the double standards"...
        athynz
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        OS Reload
      • Nokia's good engieering must be rewarded

        I don't see Nokia stealing Apple's excellent marketing work so why should Apple be allowed to get a free ride on Nokia's hard work?
        OS Reload
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

        @athynz No I never said it was alright for Nokia, I mean it may not be right in our eyes, but both companies are playing the same game here so to call one out of touch over the other is just not true.
        OhTheHumanity
      • RE: RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

        @daMan25 I agree here. If a patent is issued, then that's basically it. If it can be proven they have a patent and it's been infringed upon, sorry. That's why there are things called patents. Alot of people on these msg boards would seemingly be very dishonest business persons it seems - the way they talk; or else some of them are just plain ignorant.

        People are saying only Apple can sue if someone steals one of their patented ideas, but other companies cannot sue Apple if Apple steals? Lol....
        mlbslugger
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

        @daMan25 Suing to protect your property is dumb? For that is what a patent is. It provides a property protection in an idea, product, part for an existing product etc. It is no different in that respect than your car. You buy and file papers proving you own it. But I guess you would not have any problem if someone else just decided they liked your car better and took it. No you would not file a police report. Or if the other person said it was their car, I guess you would just walk away, because suing then to prove it was yours would be dumb.

        Using someone else's patented item is STEALING plain and simple. Without patent protection there would not be very little if any advancement in Technology.

        The biggest difference here is that Nokia would most likely have licensed the tech. to Apple. Where as Apple doesn't license anything.
        cfcshine
    • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

      @croberts
      pllamonica@...
    • Concerning antenna design.

      @croberts Antenna design is a non-trivial science and any patent Nokia was awarded for making mobile antennas smaller and better is well earned. My call sign, KB7MFU, qualifies me to say so. How about you?

      Apple needs to pony up and pay royalties. The iPhone didn't happen just because Steve Jobs waved his magic wand. He goes on and on about protecting Apple from thieves who would steal their hard work. Apple has sued HTC over their software for just such a reason. Hardware counts too. Jobs needs to look in the mirror the next time he talks about thieves.
      Mark Bryant
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in ques

        @Mabrick: Apple has hardware patents, too, that it claims HTC infringed.
        If Apple didn't sue HTC, its board of directors (including Jobs) might themselves be sued by Apple shareholders. The iPhone technology is just too good... and everyone knows it, including the competition.
        dogbreath1
    • RE: RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

      @athynz<br><br>It is not a double standard against Apple. Nokia is open to other phone manufacturer licensing these technologies provided royalties are paid. What Apple want with their patent is, they want to keep it and sue the hell out of every other competitor so that no rival products can exists. There is a BIG difference between the two, and if there is a double standard here, Steve Jobs has no one to blame except himself.

      And quite frankly, justified or not, sentimentally A LOT of people want to see Apple get a taste of its own medicine.
      CyberGuerilla
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

        @CyberGuerilla

        You speak for most of us with some common sense; along the lines of 'those who live by the sword, die by the sword'. Apple aplay this game to enclose their monopoly then bleet when others try it. At least Nokia have the clout to stand and fight, and also have the courtesy to share. Share isn't something Apple are particularly good at unless you add 'share at great cost'.

        It's good to see Apple prosper; it's good to see Apple bring new ideas to the fore BUT it's just not accepatable to think you can own an idea. They'll be claiming they invented colour next!

        One day we'll all work together instead of being polarised in pathetic fanboy arguments... maybe???
        johnmckay
    • You mean useless inovators, right? Marketing is all the rage now!

      As Apple is demonstrating good marketing is what really matters. Why spend time and money innovating when you can steal other companies hard work and go to market faster?

      Add a bit of clever marketing to the mix, a huge dose of hubris and an expert mass manipulator and you have a seriously winning formula in your hands.

      Who needs hard work when you can simply steal?
      OS Reload
    • Nokia style good old engineering is so pass????. Marketing is all the rage now

      Who needs to do engineering hard work when you can simply steal it?

      Forget engineering, Marketing is the future.
      OS Reload
      • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in ques

        @OS Reload: So you're saying this lawsuit is just a marketing ploy by Nokia? Sounds reasonable to me. It may even be a CYA move by Nokia (mis)management.
        dogbreath1
    • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

      @croberts - I would imagine you preferred the 18" length of the Motorola brick phone with its antenna? Fractal mathematics in antenna design and placement, revolutionized mobile phone technology. But Apple doesn't need to develop revolutionary math... just revolutionary marketing (of other people's IP).
      HammerOfThor
    • RE: Nokia adds Apple's iPad 3G to its lawsuit parade: The 5 patents in question

      @croberts you dont have a clue do you? It is very very difficult to get a patent. You must beable to show that your idea, invention or whatever is new, it works, it does something useful that is remarkably different in process and design to anything else that has ever been patented before it. So no "Position determination for location" is not SDK for GPS (when was the last time your GPS transmitted video, text, voice data? NEVER.

      Oh yea the touch tone phone already has a few hundred patents issued.
      cfcshine