Nokia files second complaint against Apple with the ITC, accusing infringement on 7 patents

Nokia files second complaint against Apple with the ITC, accusing infringement on 7 patents
Nokia has filed a second complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission (ITC). The filing mentions the Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod and the Cupertino based firm's Mac products. Nokia says that "key features" of those products infringe on 7 of the Finnish based firm's patents. The features related to the patent deal with multitasking, data syncing, call quality, positioning and Bluetooth technology. The exact 7 patents were not disclosed in the filing.

Paul Mellion, Nokia's VP of intellectual property, said, "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. 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."

The ITC recently ruled against Nokia in a previous filing made by the company against Apple. The former tech giant said it would wait to read all of the details of the ruling before deciding what its next step will be. Nokia also has patent infringement claims against Apple pending in the U.K., Netherlands and Germany and expects some of these claims to come to trial within the next few months.

source: AppleInsider

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21 Comments

1. SomeGuy unregistered

"The features related to the patent deal with multitasking, data syncing, call quality, positioning and Bluetooth technology." .... and why isn't Google or HTC being sued too? Maybe I'm just missing some information here.

6. box unregistered

They are, the apple one is just more high-profile. Most major tech companies have some sort of patent lawsuit always going on with someone

20. Gregory unregistered

because HTC, Sumsung and other trustworthy companies pay Nokia revenues for its patents. while Apple has to steal cause Apple doesnt even have core technologies for the mobile devices.

2. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Why do these suits keep coming up? Most of the time they don't even stick and it just looks like a waste of time and money for the companies. Nokia needs to prove themselves in the development of phones not litigation.

5. box unregistered

If they didn't try to defend their intellectual properties, it'd give other companies license to do the same thing, which leads to huge financial loss, and in today's day and age, that can make or break a company. Look at former industry giants, like Kodak for cameras or IBM for computers and other business machines: they innovated a bunch of really neat stuff, then other companies started using those innovations, or derivitaves thereof, and now both of those industry leaders are shadows of what they used to be

9. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I understand what you're saying it makes sense. You have a very valid point. I'm just pointing out that most of these suits do not stick and just draw out to a very long and costly litigation where those companies can use that money to innovate more and keep moving. These are very large companies and though there are times when a suit does stick but each company has their own set of very expensive and very smart patent lawyers that can find every loophole needed. But I do get that every chance a company gets they will try to take from another and each other company has to defend themselves whether it may not amount to anything.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

true but they said some of these litigations date back from more than 10 years before the Iphone. What the heck would Apple have infringed upon back then, they were in completely separate industries back then. This just sounds like fluff on both parties since I've heard Apple accuse the same of Nokia.

7. fairly_mismatched unregistered

They are legally bound to defend the patents they hold.

3. IOS5 unregistered

Hahahaahah Nokia Leading innovator!!!! In what multitasking Nokia wake up don't forget your history ATYRIES COMPANY! Now Nokia leading innovator what a joke and by the way what about non removable battery in Nokia N8 and E7 what about single manue bottom in N8 and E7 what about screen transition from left to right what about music cover flow on N8 and E7 and other symbian 3 phones ?! All these your innovation right?!

4. box unregistered

Actually, yeah. I'd would believe that companies such as Nokia or Motorola (companies that have been in the technology and communications business for decades, not a few years) came up with these sort of technologies before apple did; you don't just come out of nowhere with a product like the iphone without getting licensing from somewhere. That's one of the reasons apple's products are made in china, to avoid international patent issues.

12. thatdude1 unregistered

What about proper spelling? Spell check works, y'know.

16. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Yea, because Apple is such a innovator. It comes down to this, if they find these patents are right then Apple screwed the pooch. This wouldn't be the first time that they did something like this.

8. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

how do you patent call qaulity? that's just stupid!

21. Gregory unregistered

Nokia patented technology that made call quality high!

10. IOS5 unregistered

@Box iPhone or Nokia's phones all made in china cuz of low budget workers and I think you know that all Nokia factory right know in India and china! Ok I understand that Nokia and Motorola in this field for ages but don't forget that Apple in software field for decades unlike Nokia or Motorola till today they don't have own software.

11. thatdude1 unregistered

Nokia does have its own software...ever hear of Symbian?

13. IOS5 unregistered

@thatdude1 Symbian doesn't own by Nokia for your info it's owned by Symbian foundation before.

14. josh10132

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

@IOS5 I'd say 'before' is the key word, Google doesn't own Android either since they bought it right?

17. IOS5 unregistered

Google own the Android os but Nokia bought the symbian wither you like or you don't like it this the truth.

18. anique unregistered

whatever u say,whether u like or not on what these happen,its not your business..u say u don't like n fighting here,they all don't hear u..u just wasting ur time..just let it be,just wait n see what happen next..don't complaining.spoiling others,except u have share on these both companies..

19. IOS5 unregistered

@anique No I don't have a share or stocks in both company but nokia still shit and I'm not fighting over here this just a discussion get in and get out.

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