Nokia Files Complaint Alleging Apple Patent Infringment
Electronics manufacturer Nokia stepped up its case against Apple today by filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging patent infringment on Apple’s part in nearly all of Apple’s mobile phones, portable music players and computers. The complaint accuses Apple of infringing on seven individual patents to help create features such as user interface and camera, antenna and power management technologies.
“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.”The complaint escalates ongoing legal action between Apple and Nokia. Back in October, Nokia filed suit against Apple in a Delaware U.S. district court alleging that Apple had illegally leveraged technology from 10 of its GSM and wireless LAN-related patents, technologies which Nokia had invested more than 40 billion Euros in.
Nokia, currently the world’s largest cell phone maker, claims its has successfully partnered with about 40 companies in the past regarding the 10 patents in question. Rather than seeking an injunction against Apple to stop sales of its iPhone, industry analysts have speculated that Nokia is seeking a royalty payment of $6 to $12 per iPhone sold.
Earlier this month, Apple countersued Nokia, charging the Finnish company with infringing on 13 of its own patents. The suit also alleged that Nokia was attempting to obtain a higher royalty fee from Apple than other companies and that Nokia had borrowed from Apple’s intellectual property.
“In dealing with Apple, Nokia has sought to gain an unjust competitive advantage over Apple by charging unwarranted fees to use patents that allegedly cover industry compatibility standards and by seeking to obtain access to Apple’s intellectual property,” Apple wrote in its complaint. “Nokia needs access to Apple’s intellectual property because Nokia has copied and is now using that patented technology.”