It seems that the patent battle is never-ending, and looking to enter the fray would be a Luxembourg company called Core Wireless Licensing SARL, who has recently filed a lawsuit against Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, claiming that the devices infringed upon eight patents related to 2G, 3G and 4G communication protocols. The lawsuit is seeking damages from Apple (unspecified) and future royalty payments for every device made that utilizes the infringed patent.
Interestingly it should be noted that Core Wireless is in charge of managing a portfolio of 2,000 patents, most of them are reportedly owned by Nokia, and to top it all off, Microsoft supposedly has a financial interest in the group as a portion of past, current and future legal settlements are expected to make its way into Microsoft’s bank account as well. While we can’t be sure if Microsoft or Nokia facilitated this lawsuit, it certainly sounds like Microsoft’s style to license their patents to their competitors rather than go after them seeking injunctions and whatnot.
In any case we will not speculate on who initiated what, and we will wait and see how this turns out, although given the involvement of Nokia and Microsoft, it will be an interesting mess to sort out given that both companies are rivals of Apple in more ways than one.
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