Nokia looks to block US imports of Apple products in latest salvo over patents

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in General Discussion edited January 2017
The U.S. International Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Apple is importing devices that infringe on Nokia patents, such as iPhones and iPads, a report said on Tuesday.




Nokia is aiming for cease-and-desist and limited exclusion orders, the Commission said in a statement seen by Reuters. It's not clear when a decision might be reached.

The action is another escalation in the latest legal battle between Apple and Nokia. On Dec 21, Nokia launched a series of lawsuits over 32 patents acquired through portfolio deals in 2013 in 2016. In fact the company now has some 40 suits active worldwide, accusing Apple of violating concepts related to displays, interfaces, antennas and more.

In response, Apple has filed suit against nine Nokia-linked patent aggregators, saying they're at the heart of a conspiracy to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues" through "unfair and anticompetitive patent assertions." One of the aggregators, Acacia, has sued Apple 42 times in the last decade.

While still best known for its phone brands, Nokia sold its main mobile division to Microsoft several years ago and has since focused more on the infrastructure market, though it also owns fitness brand Withings. The Nokia name should soon appear on smartphones again thanks to a deal with HMD Global.

Prior to the Microsoft sale, Nokia filed several suits against Apple involving GSM, camera, and touch technology. Apple fired back, but the companies eventually settled in 2011 with a licensing agreement.

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    sog35 said:
    Oh how the might have fallen.

    Nokia used to be a technology King. Now they are a patent troll. So sad. So pathetic
    "O daughters of Finland, weep over Nokia. Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
    StrangeDaysanantksundaramNotsofastwetlanderbadmonk
  • Reply 2 of 12
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Crawls back from the dead to troll. 
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  • Reply 3 of 12
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    pulseimagespscooter63jbdragonwatto_cobrabadmonk
  • Reply 4 of 12
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,071member
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    Yes.

    Last I checked the iPhone is not made by Apple, nor in America.   It is made for Apple by Foxconn and Pegatron and maybe others, mostly in China.  So, they are Chinese products imported into the US.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    sog35 said:
    Oh how the might have fallen.

    Nokia used to be a technology King. Now they are a patent troll. So sad. So pathetic
    Well, we're starting to trial Nokia-Bell Labs-brand routers at our office. They are going to replace the Lucent equipment. Just because they don't make consumer-grade equipment does it mean they're irrelevant. They're probably more relevant today than Cisco is. They still make great equipment. Back in the day, AT&T and T-Mobile didn't think there was a market to sell high-end smartphones, so they manufactured relatively basic models for US customers in the USA. What Apple did was packed a lot of features in a cheap phone manufactured in China.
    edited January 2017
  • Reply 6 of 12
    chadbag said:
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    Yes.

    Last I checked the iPhone is not made by Apple, nor in America.   It is made for Apple by Foxconn and Pegatron and maybe others, mostly in China.  So, they are Chinese products imported into the US.
    That's a very stupid response. More importantly, it does not even begin to address the attributes listed in my question. 
    SpamSandwichjbdragonwatto_cobrabadmonk
  • Reply 7 of 12
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,384member
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?

    According to Donald the iPhone is an imported device in the US, yes you are reading the headline correctly.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 8 of 12
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,384member
    cali said:
    Crawls back from the dead to troll. 

    Who is?
  • Reply 9 of 12
    chadbag said:
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    Yes.

    Last I checked the iPhone is not made by Apple, nor in America.   It is made for Apple by Foxconn and Pegatron and maybe others, mostly in China.  So, they are Chinese products imported into the US.


    If the US gave a damn about intellectual property, they would attribute as much importance to the "Designed in California" part as they do to the "Assembled in China" part.


    badmonkjony0
  • Reply 10 of 12
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 747member
    chadbag said:
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    Yes.

    Last I checked the iPhone is not made by Apple, nor in America.   It is made for Apple by Foxconn and Pegatron and maybe others, mostly in China.  So, they are Chinese products imported into the US.
    Yes Chad, we live in a global economy.  Apple is an American company but they are interconnected around the world like all global transnational corporations base in the United States.  Almost all consumer products are made outside of the United States.

    Because of the strength of the dollar it will be difficult to bring manufacturing back to the US of A.  There maybe some small victories but it is over.  Sorry.
    idrey
  • Reply 11 of 12
    idreyidrey Posts: 640member
    badmonk said:
    chadbag said:
    Um... what? "Block US imports"? Of a US product sold by a US company making profits for US shareholders, paying taxes to a US government that is being asked to help prevent its products being "imported" into the US?

    Am I reading the headline correctly?
    Yes.

    Last I checked the iPhone is not made by Apple, nor in America.   It is made for Apple by Foxconn and Pegatron and maybe others, mostly in China.  So, they are Chinese products imported into the US.
    Yes Chad, we live in a global economy.  Apple is an American company but they are interconnected around the world like all global transnational corporations base in the United States.  Almost all consumer products are made outside of the United States.

    Because of the strength of the dollar it will be difficult to bring manufacturing back to the US of A.  There maybe some small victories but it is over.  Sorry.
    Correct! Beautiful dream but very hard to acomplish. I dare say it is imposible. 
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