Nokia Asks ITC to Investigate Apple

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Nokia raised the bar in its ongoing patent dispute Apple, Inc. today by filing 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 are related to user interfaces, as well as camera, antenna, and power management technologies.

This comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court in Delaware alleging that Apple’s iPhone infringes on 10 Nokia patents.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “This action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development.”

Melin went on to become quite accusatory: “While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple’s attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple’s practice of building its business on Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”

A Partial Response
Earlier this month, Apple filed a countersuit claiming that Nokia is infringing on 13 of its patents. Apple has not yet responded to Nokia’s ITC request.

A statement made Apple when filing its lawsuit was as deliberately inflammatory as Melin’s was today, “Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours.”

Source: Nokia

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