Nokia Files Brief to Support Apple's Request to Block Sale of Samsung Products

Wednesday March 6, 2013 7:50 PM PST by Husain Sumra
CAFCAs noted by Reuters, Nokia this week filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in support of Apple's bid to block the sale of certain Samsung products previously ruled to have infringed on Apple's patents.

The brief, which is currently sealed but explained in a summary (via AppleInsider) by Nokia attorney Keith Broyles, argues that Judge Lucy Koh was wrong when she ruled that Apple must establish a "causal nexus" between the patented feature and demand for a product before a permanent injunction request is granted.

The filing comes several months after Judge Koh had denied Apple's injunction request.

Nokia's brief wasn't filed specifically to support Apple, but because Nokia feels that Judge Koh's ruling "could cause wide-ranging damage to the United States patent protection landscape." Broyles goes on to argue that Nokia is advocating for patent rights to foster innovation.
"Nokia has recently been involved in numerous U.S. patent lawsuits, as both a plaintiff and defendant. Nokia is thus both a significant patent owner that might seek an injunction to protect its patent rights, and a manufacturer in an industry in which patent owners routinely issue threats of injunctions for patent infringement."
Back in 2009, Apple and Nokia were embroiled in a patent dispute but that ended in 2011 when the two settled and entered into a patent license agreement.

Nokia is the only company to file in support of Apple, and will have an opportunity for companies and advocacy groups to support its position when it files its own brief later this year.

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Posted: 23 months ago
Broyles, eh?

Damnit, I miss Fringe.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
"HAY APPLE, can we be FRIENDS? PLEASEEEEEE????? :D" -Nokia
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Let's take CHEAP brand Samsung out of the market.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
I read the title a few times to make sure. This is really weird.

By the way, I think Nokia should rebrand. Everyone when he hears "Nokia" thinks of either a big old phone or a big old phone that is an indestructible weapon of mass destruction (which is for some reason an Internet meme even though old Nokia phones are pretty darn breakable).

Also, I was unsure about this patent dispute until the evidence of Samsung's diagrams showing how iPhone features could be implemented in their phones came up. Smoking gun. Totally guilty. I'm with Nokia and Apple on this one.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

Let's take CHEAP brand Samsung out of the market.


If WE did that, it would prove just how important and powerful WE are! Yay for US! WE did it!


Hmmm...but so far, WE are totally and completely unsuccessful. WE ain't done a damn thing. WE are total and abject failures. WE suck.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
I think this shows a capacity for Nokia to care about the health of the industry rather than only their own company. If everyone is allowed to copy everyone else, no one bothers to innovate and everyone just makes cheap knock off products. Thus, though Nokia is Apple's competitor, they're willing to back Apple because Samsung is copying them. If Samsung were allowed to do so, innovation would grind to a halt. In the long run, Nokia could stand to benefit if they have their own innovations not yet revealed that they'd like to ensure their competitors don't make knock offs of.

Plus, having one company back another probably helps the judges realize that one side is in the wrong... - although that could lead to a corrupt form of government, if you simply say one side is right because it has the most companies backing it.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

Nokia's point would be that Apple has a judgement BY JURY TRIAL. That Samsung infringed.

How much more does the court need as evidence for stopping Samsung to sell infringing products? Apple went all the way thru the trial process and won, more or less fairly, but the COURT has not granted Apple ANY RELIEF from Samsung selling infringing products, Samsung hasnt paid a single dime of judgement, the court hasn't even made Samsung change or modify anything yet... What is the court WAITING FOR???


Exactly. What Nokia is afraid of, is that this Apple judgement by a District Judge could be use as precedent for new trials. If it ends this way, it could start a new batch of trials by other companies, claiming they should get the same treatment as Samsung. It would be a patent chaos.

Something is definitely not right in all this...
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Nokia's point would be that Apple has a judgement BY JURY TRIAL. That Samsung infringed.

How much more does the court need as evidence for stopping Samsung to sell infringing products? Apple went all the way thru the trial process and won, more or less fairly, but the COURT has not granted Apple ANY RELIEF from Samsung selling infringing products, Samsung hasnt paid a single dime of judgement, the court hasn't even made Samsung change or modify anything yet... What is the court WAITING FOR???
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

I read the title a few times to make sure. This is really weird.

By the way, I think Nokia should rebrand. Everyone when he hears "Nokia" thinks of either a big old phone or a big old phone that is an indestructible weapon of mass destruction (which is for some reason an Internet meme even though old Nokia phones are pretty darn breakable).


When I hear "Nokia" I think of "the absolutely best build phones with the best design and best hardware and software features of the pre-smartphone era". So I don't think they should rebrand, even though they no longer make the best build phones at all. Not sure why you say "big", since almost every Nokia is much smaller than any smartphone. I currently use a Nokia 5310 and it's thinner, shorter, slimmer and lighter than any smartphone ever made. Not saying it's a better phone, but it's definitely not "big".

Nokia used to be *THE* one and only manufacturer that made great phones, but times changed, obviously, and they could no longer do what they did best. Now it's more about software, and back in the days when all you needed was phoning, texting, and snake, software wasn't a huge challenge.
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Posted: 23 months ago

When I hear "Nokia" I think of "the absolutely best build phones with the best design and best hardware and software features of the pre-smartphone era".


Pre-smartphone era is the key. They're associated with old times.
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