Judge Halts Apple, Nokia Patent Case Pending ITC Investigation

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The judge overseeing Apple and Nokia's patent violation case in Delaware has temporarily put the proceedings on hold while waiting for a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation to run its course, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Nokia filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in October 2009 over claims that the wireless technology the company uses in most of its products violate patents the cell phone maker owns. Apple fired back with its own lawsuit against Nokia in December for allegedly violating several patents it owns.

Both companies also filed complaints against each other with the ITC, and the organization has since agreed to formally launch investigations.

Apple's General Counsel and senior vice president, Bruce Sewell, underscored the tension between the two companies when he commented "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."

There's no word yet on how long the ITC investigation may take, but based on previous investigations, it seems likely the federal court case in Delaware will be on hold for some time.

Comments

Tiger

And instead of settling this, they want to give all the money to lawyers???

vasic

As far as I know, both companies have full-time legal team, working for salaries. No additional money will be spent for the lawsuits. One could say, let those lawyers on the legal team earn their paycheques…

jbruni

No additional money will be spent for the lawsuits.

Except for court fees. smile

Terrin

Yes, except that is only partly true. Apple has a legal team. It, however, is mostly responsible for farming out the legal work and advising Apple’s executive team on courses of action.

Apple hires a law firm who likely gets paid by the hour to handle patent suits.

As far as I know, both companies have full-time legal team, working for salaries. No additional money will be spent for the lawsuits. One could say, let those lawyers on the legal team earn their paycheques?

Terrin

Let me add that Apple hired a law firm by the name of Potter Anderson & Corroon and Wilmer Hale to handle the Nokia suit. It likely gets paid by the hour. Many big litigators make over four hundred dollars an hour. Do you honestly think Apple is going to use paper pushers, instead of seasoned litigators, to defend a lawsuit with billions on the line? Apple’s legal team deals mostly with issues of corporate governance [e.g. filing SEC docs] and farming out the serious litigation legal work to experts.

Further, Apple paid over two million dollars to third party attorneys fighting Psystar. Apple can’t afford to keep the best of the best of litigators on staff.

As far as I know, both companies have full-time legal team, working for salaries. No additional money will be spent for the lawsuits. One could say, let those lawyers on the legal team earn their paycheques?

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