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Nokia Expands Patent Strike Against Apple

Nokia logo with Apple



Summary: Nokia seemingly wants sanctions against Apple products (or big payments); Mono and patents revisited

THE Nokia-Apple patent fight is not exactly news [1, 2, 3], but Nokia is said to be taking it further to the ITC (sometimes the "embargo department"). Apart from this report from IDG we also have some reports in the English press, notably BBC and The Register:



Nokia has ramped up its legal fight against Apple, arguing that almost all of its products infringe Nokia patents.


 

Nokia has upped the ante in its patent-infringement battle against Apple by extending its accusations to cover "virtually all of [Apple's] mobile phones, portable music players, and computers," according to a statement by the fiesty Finns.


Patents are certainly still somewhat of a disease, but the above is not about software (or not only about software). It is worth adding that for Mono, patent are not the main issue (although they too are an issue); it has always been a question of control. "Way More Than Just Patents," says one person who explains why Mono needs to be avoided.

I hope everyone who has voiced concern over patent issues with Mono will read this article. It does an excellent job of explaining why the danger to Free software in Microsoft's control of .Net technology is far more than just the patent threat. It is about who is in the driver's seat of the technology - who is calling the shots. They can dictate the standards and the direction of the technology - all to the benefit of Microsoft and to the detriment of their competition (including FOSS).


The Linux Today crowd generally distrusts Mono, to say the least (see comments).

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