The legal battle between Nokia and Apple just got bumped up another notch with Nokia recently filing a second lawsuit in federal court alleging that a wide range of Apple products infringe on several of Nokia’s implementation patents. Specifically, Nokia alleges that the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini all infringe on Nokia technologies relating to camera sensors, UI design, and even touchscreens.
The current legal battle between the two tech titans begain this past October when Nokia filed suit alleging that Apple had infringed on Nokia technologies pertaining to wireless LAN and GSM standards. Apple, soon thereafter, countersued Nokia for infringing on 13 Apple patents. And not to be outdone, Nokia last week filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission wherein it alleged that “virtually all of [Apple’s] mobile phones, portable music players, and computers” infringed on Nokia patents in the realm of power management, antenna technology, camera technology, and user interface design. As part of its ITC claim, Nokia requested that all imports of Apple products be banned.
For as much as people liked to assume that Apple would file suit against Palm over its implementation of multitouch technology in the Palm Pre, it’s fast becoming clear that the real legal fireworks will be between Nokia and Apple.
Going after the bulk of Apple’s product line seems like an act of desperation to us, but given Nokia’s declining position in the mobile market, desperate times call for desperate lawsuits.