Nokia takes on Apple’s entire product line in new ITC complaint

Tue, Mar 29, 2011

Legal, News

After losing an ITC decision to Apple last week with respect to 5 patents, Nokia regrouped and came back at Apple with a new ITC complaint, this time alleging that nearly every Apple product infringes on Nokia patents. From the iPhone to the iPod to the iPad and the Mac, Nokia alleges that these products infringe on patents pertaining to multi-tasking, data synchronization, positioning, call quality, and the use of Bluetooth accessories.

“Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone,” said Paul Melin, said Nokia’s Vice President, Intellectual Property in a press release. “Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”

Nokia also notes that they’ve invested over 43 billion euros into research and evelopment over the past two decades.

Curiously, Nokia adds in the following:

In addition to the two ITC complaints, Nokia has filed cases on the same patents and others in Delaware, US and has further cases proceeding in Mannheim, Dusseldorf and the Federal Patent Court in Germany, the UK High Court in London and the District Court of the Hague in the Netherlands, some of which will come to trial in the next few months.

Nothing like a company boasting about all the jurisdictions in which they’ve filed lawsuits. A strategy of suing your way into success and smartphone relevancy can’t be too reassuring for Nokia investors. Oh wait, there is that Windows Phone 7 deal, right?



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