Nokia Beseeches ITC to Ban Apple Products from Europe
Will never happen
Apple & Microsoft have no friends whatsoever across the pond.
With the current economic situation in the U.S. we simply cannot afford to have the E.U. off the market for one of our larger companies. Not being able to sell laptops, MP3 players, or phones in the E.U. would devestate Apple. Doing that much damage to an American company would leave our government with little recourse other than to take action that would cause problems for European companies here. Nobody wants a trade war.
I'd guess Apple will end up being told that they have to pay some royalty to Nokia- and it wouldn't shock me to find that the US Congress throws an amendment into an appropriations bill ...
You're aware that Europe has no equivalent technology of its own, right? Both major OS's are U.S. based. Linux is worthless. All of the major smartphone platforms that AREN'T losing market share are U.S. Based or Canadian based. We have our own wireless standards. No relevant handset makers even exist in Europe- Nokia and Sony Ericsson could disappear from the U.S. market and nobody would bat an eye. (I would for Sony Ericsson but that's living in the past.)
See if you have ever been to Europe you would know this statement is false.
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