Apple infringing all Nokia mobile patents, claims Finnish company
Nokia has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players and computers.
The seven Nokia patents in this complaint relate to Nokia's pioneering innovations that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the area of user interface, as well as camera, antenna and power management technologies.
Per the complaint, these patented technologies are important to Nokia's success as they allow better user experience, lower manufacturing costs, smaller size and longer battery life for Nokia products.
Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices, and this action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development, according to a Nokia statement.
While Nokia's litigation in Delaware is about Apple's attempt to "free-ride on the back" of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed this week is about Apple's practice of building its business on Nokia's proprietary innovation, according to Nokia.
Apple did not comment on the most recent filing.
During the last two decades, Nokia claims to have invested approximately more than $57 billion in research and development and built an IPR portfolio with 11,000-plus patent families.
In response to a lawsuit brought against the company by Nokia, Apple filed a countersuit in December claiming that Nokia is infringing 13 Apple patents (see story).
With respect to Nokia?s initial claims of infringement, Apple denies that it infringes any valid claim of the patents identified in Nokia?s complaint from October, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless local area network (WLAN) standards (see story).