“For a long time I had hoped someone would finally do this.”
Florian Mueller, a German lobbyist who writes a well-informed blog called FOSS Patents [as in “free and open-source software”], has blown hot and cold on Apple over the years. But in the legal fistfight that broke out this week between Apple and Nokia, he’s firmly in Cupertino’s corner.
Apple swung first, accusing Nokia in a federal lawsuit of secretly orchestrating a conspiracy of patent trolls. Nokia hit back the next day, filing fresh patent infringement suits in the U.S. and Germany.
From Apple’s complaint (which Patently Apple was the first to post):
These Nokia partners have sued Apple at least twelve times based on former Nokia patents alone. Acacia and its shell subsidiaries, themselves, have sued Apple in the United States and abroad more than forty times, based on patents they acquired from Nokia or others, demanding exorbitant royalties based on unsupported infringement claims.
“Without a doubt,” writes Mueller, “all other major industry players focused on making products (as opposed to those who increasingly rely on patent licensing income) will join me in wishing Apple luck.”
See also: What’s eating Florian Mueller?