|Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 2):|
All in all, Apple hasnt invented squat and doesnt own squat in intellectual property in the cellular world.
If I recall, Apple has about 200 patents related to the iPhone. That might indicate they have some original thoughts.
Apple's main talent, in my mind, is that they can take ideas laying around doing nothing and turn them into profitable designs that consumers want. The GUI and mouse designed at Xerox is a classic example. Xerox was going nowhere with the designs, but Apple could see how to get it to market in a successful way - and the Mac is born.
They also have some special talents in developing total environments for their products. The iPod was the first with the hardware, software, iTunes software and then the iTunes Store. The iPhone expands that total environment approach with the AppStore.
I don't know where Nokia is giong with their lawsuit, but odds for me are that they might be looking at ensuring they get the use of some of Apple's patents for their smart phone. They might be inadvertently be using some Apple patents already - but that is what Discovery is all about in a lawsuit.