Apple Licensed iOS scrolling patent to Nokia?

| December 4, 2011 | 36 Replies

 

 

Remember back in summer when Apple had to fork over cash because the courts did find them having stolen the Antenna tech that Nokia has (and hence why the revamped, Nokia-avoiding iPhone external antenna was causing dropped calls). Well apart from giving Nokia money, they also apparently licensed out the iOS scrolling patent.

As TheVerge points out, it was thought that Apple would never license their stuff, especially iOS related things. Samsung was apparently also offered a license but negotiations there failed. I wonder didn’t go through because what Sammy wanted was so they could also put Apple logos on the back to complete their iClones.

Was Nokia’s hold with those Antennas so strong that they could force Apple to go against the very core of Job’s ideals? (Even if it is as generic as scrolling. Next up, touch screens!)

If you remember, Jobs was willing to go thermonuclear on Android and spend all of Apples (then 40B, now what, 70B) cash to destroy Android – which Jobs felt was just stolen from Apple.

 ”I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Unlike Android OEMS that have no backing or protection from Google (apart from now purchased Moto), Windows Phone manufacturers are protected by Microsoft’s (and now Nokia’s) patents. Great plan from Google, take something from someone else, give it away for free, no need to protect that manufacturer, get the sympathy vote and claim foul and a victim when Oracle tries to sue you.

Source: TheVerge

 

Cheers Joni for the tip!

 

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  1. J R says:

    The courts didn’t rule in favor of Nokia: they settled, lol. :)

    Patent 381 isn’t the scrolling itself, but the “bounce” when the end of the document is reached.

  2. Sun Down says:

    Why would Nokia’s patent be NOT strong? They’ve been in the mobile phone space since forever!

  3. weirdfisher says:

    i remember back the days when my n97 has no kinetic scrolling….

  4. Jay Montano says:

    And when it did it was still terrible.

    • Daniel McGuire says:

      I thought my old X6 had good kinetic scrolling, perhaps it was the fact it had a capacitive touch screen instead of a resistive one.

  5. Alan713 says:

    i don’t understand, Nokia has to pay APPLE for this scrolling patent or vice versa?

  6. Shmerl says:

    Scrolling patent? What kind of nonsense is that?

    • Bloob says:

      Tell me about it. I could understand it if it was special way of implementing it, but scrolling itself?

    • ian says:

      And how about various patents from Nokia? Are they nonsense as well?

      • Shmerl says:

        Nokia mostly works on hardware patents, so those are valid as general. Most of the software patents are total nonsense though, and those which actually make any sense are better used for defensive purposes. Offensive use of software patents is just a form of protection racket.

  7. Shmerl says:

    Don’t look to Microsoft for patents protection. All they are good at is protection racket.

    • Doffen says:

      Totally agree. They will only protect their own bank account.

    • migo says:

      And you’re just stupid. Microsoft is very good for protecting OS licensees.

      • Shmerl says:

        No, Microsoft won’t protect you form other patents. It’ll only “protect” you in a sense of if you use their software with their license, they won’t pursue you with their patents. Microsoft doesn’t guaranty to protect you against any third party patent litigations.

  8. Yemi says:

    like the first poster in the comments said, it is the bounce back effect that Nokia licenced from Apple. This probably was part of the negotiation for the patent dispute between Nokia and Apple.

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