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Apple lawyers make Nokia Lumia the poster child for making phones that aren’t iPhone clones

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:33PM EST

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Nokia’s (NOK) first Lumia models may not have been top sellers, but according to Apple’s (AAPL) lawyers they do have one thing going for them: They didn’t rip off the iPhone. The Seattle Times’s Janet Tu points out that during Apple’s closing arguments in the Samsung (005930)-Apple patent trial on Tuesday, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny held up a Nokia Lumia device to demonstrate that “not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone.” Of course, this isn’t that much comfort for Apple’s rivals since the top-selling smartphones right now — namely, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone itself — do tend to look like the iPhone. If Apple’s lawyers think citing the Lumia will ward off potential copycats in the future, they’re likely to be sorely mistaken.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.