Monday, March 15, 2010

Cigars and legal alchemy in Nokia/Apple tiff

Legend states that Freud, a cigar smoker, when challenged on the possible phallic significance of the cigar, replied "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." In court papers filed by Nokia against Apple, the concept is extended to patent law.

"Sometimes a patent dispute is just a patent dispute," Nokia said of its fight with Apple after licensing negotiations broke down. "Through what charitably could be called an attempt at legal alchemy, Apple employs revisionist history, misleading characterizations, unsupported allegations and flawed and contradictory legal theories to turn these fruitless negotiations into a multi-count federal lawsuit." [from ComputerWorld]

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar [ The message is valid in any case. My adaptation of this classic phrase is "Sometimes a delay is just a delay." Don't beat yourself up. ]

A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco
[ Initially concealing a cancerous growth in his mouth in 1923, Freud was eventually diagnosed with the same cancer as Grant's. ]

Nokia goes after Apple's iPhone
including the phrase “Where there is a hit, there is usually a writ."


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