Nokia, regardless of intent, can protect its intellectual property. Years of research and development and capital investment can be justified and rewarded. They can supplement a lucrative revenue stream with more royalty income to counteract plummeting revenues. Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, may have said it best after a rough first quarter. "We are navigating through a significant company transition in an industry environment that continues to evolve and shift quickly.” In other words, these suits may help buy Nokia time.
Nokia is no longer perceived as an innovator, but a tired mobile player on life support. Based on current infringement claims, and having settled with Apple, the industry must wonder who is next on Nokia’s list. This strategy simply prolongs the patent protection war, stealing resources from future initiatives. If you believe Nokia and other big guns are simply throwing patent weight around, more lawsuits weaken upstarts and monopolize the industry. And may confirm a disturbing trend that these suits are less about intellectual property, and more about leverage.