Apple to Nokia: "Hands off the iPhone UI!"

Apple to Nokia: "Hands off the iPhone UI!"

Summary: Apple has responded to Nokia's lawsuit over network protocols back in October with a lawsuit of its own, claiming that Nokia has ripped off the iPhone user interface (UI).

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Apple has responded to Nokia's lawsuit over network protocols back in October with a lawsuit of its own, claiming that Nokia has ripped off the iPhone user interface (UI).

Here's the lawsuit (PDF).

In the lawsuit, Apple turns Nokia executive vice president Anssi Vanjoki's words against him:

In response, Nokia chose to copy the iPhone, especially its enormously popular and patented design and user interface. As Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's Executive Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia, stated at Nokia's GoPlay event in 2007 when asked about the similarities of Nokia's new offerings to the already released iPhone: "If there is something good in the world, we copy with pride."

Hmmm.

Looking at the state of play of smartphones today, there are iPhone clones a-plenty out there. It's going to be interesting to see if this lawsuit is a one-off retaliatory strike or whether Apple is going to systematically pursue other copy-cats.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Nokia, Smartphones

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  • The big difference between them is what is covered.

    In a nutshell, Apple's patent's are about how the phone is controlled. If Apple wins on all counts, then Nokia has to change the interface on their phones.

    Nokia's patents are about whether or not it is a phone. If Nokia wins on all counts,then Apple has no product.
    Letophoro
  • Apple's history of litigating UI and "Look and feel"

    isn't great, and Nokia's got every other manufacturer licensed.
    rtk
  • Xerox sues Apple

    Don't I wish ;-)

    Another case of blatantly copying a UI.
    tonymcs@...
    • Big Difference

      Xerox invited Apple in to study the Alto GUI being developed at PARC
      and then Apple bought the rights to use the GUI. It is an infamous bit of
      history that the higher ups at Xerox alienated the PARC group by selling
      off their work becauseXerox Corporate didn't see the possibilities it held.
      use_what_works_4_U
  • Quite right!

    It was shameless of Nokia to sue Apple. Clearly the boot is on the other foot.
    The Star King