Apple and Nokia Case Put on Hold Pending ITC Investigation

Nokia and Apple may want to go toe to toe in the legal ring right now, but they’re being told to wait a bit.

According to Macworld, the International Trade Commission has told both parties that it must complete its own probe, which was scheduled to take 45 days after it agreed to perform the investigation on February 22nd, then the lawsuit will presumably move forward. That’s if it’s still on and not settled by then, although Nokia seems determined to win it, and Apple apparently has enough bandwidth to handle two lawsuits at once.

The suit comes amongst the furor of Apple declaring a patent infringement suit against HTC in recent days. The Nokia suit, which preceded the HTC suit, was put on hold given an order from a Delaware judge who determined that both the case and its countersuit needed to be put on pause while the International Trade Commission sorts through the complaints between Apple and Nokia.

Not that either company has ever gone hat in hand and wondered where its next meal would come from, but it has to make Apple miss the old days in the 70s when it was just a few people building some of the world’s first computers from wooden cases in a small California garage…

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