Earlier today Apple sent out a note to the rest of the mobile-minded world that they’d offer up royalty-free licensing of their future nano-SIM technology – Nokia has since responded with a stern “no.” Nokia’s response (included in full below) says that Apple’s suggestion that the world use their nano-SIM intellectual property does not include enough clout to be a legitimate proposal. In fact, Nokia writes, “Apple’s proposal for royalty-free licensing seems no more than an attempt to devalue the intellectual property of others.”
These stern words come after Apple’s relatively unprecedented proposal this morning which would allow anyone to use the patents required to use nano-SIM cards completely royalty free. You can check the full story on that out in the post released this morning entitled: Apple promises patent freedom if rivals stomach its nano-SIM Meanwhile read what Nokia had to say much more recently today in response:
“We are not aware of any Apple Intellectual Property which it considers essential to its nano-SIM proposal. In light of this, Apple’s proposal for royalty-free licensing seems no more than an attempt to devalue the intellectual property of others.” – Nokia
Nokia is certainly in their right to say such things if in fact they’ve got a claim against Apple in this case – that said, whispers have been prevalent that nano-SIM cards have been planned on being used by both Nokia and Apple in past months (and years) to keep their products thin and sleek as possible for the future. This case will prove to be a heavy one if one or the other claims that they have exclusive rights to the technology which both have used (prospectively) repeatedly.
[via IT World]