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Apple sues Nokia in U.K. over patents

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
News Categories: Apple

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Nokia in Britain claiming patent infringement, extending the ongoing dispute between the two companies beyond U.S. borders. Reuters reports that the U.S. International Trade Commission is set to rule on some of the claims made by the two companies next year, while court hearings in the U.S. legal case aren’t scheduled until 2012. “We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United States,” said Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant.

The Finnish company filed suit against Apple in October 2009, claiming that the iPhone infringes on several Nokia patents; Apple filed a countersuit claiming patent infringement in December. The lawsuits were followed by an ITC complaint from Nokia near the end of the year, alleging that Apple infringes on the Finnish company’s patents “in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers.”

The ITC launched an investigation into Nokia’s claims against Apple in late January; it announced a similar investigation into Apple’s claims against Nokia in February. In March, a federal judge in Delaware signed an order halting litigation between Nokia and Apple pending resolution of the companies’ respective claims with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); Nokia then sued Apple again in May, alleging that the iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G infringe on five of its patents.

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1

Nokia needs to go out of business already…

Posted by TranceField on September 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM (PDT)

2

Nokia have been in the mobile phone business a lot longer than Apple. I have owned and used several Nokia phones over the years and they have been 100% reliable and have never suffered a basic flaw such as signal attenuation in the way that the iPhone 4 has. You could drop them and they wouldn’t break. Sadly not something that can be said of the new glass sandwich iPhone 4…

Apple are not perfect.

Let the courts decide who infringed what.

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on September 29, 2010 at 1:10 AM (PDT)

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