When the International Trace Commission rules that you haven't violated someone's patents, that's usually a good step forward. That is the case with the patent spat between Apple and Nokia - the preliminary ruling was in Apple's favor. So why did Apple settle with Nokia and possibly paid them hundreds of millions and also future royalty payments?
Could Apple have simply "threw the game" so to speak to open the door for Nokia to go after the Android makers, an indirect shot at Google? You know that "the enemy of my enemy" thing.
We'll see in the coming months just how Nokia takes this victory.