Bah Humbug: Apple countersues Nokia for infringing on 13 patents

Summary:A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?

A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?

Bruce Sewell, Apple's General Counsel stated, "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."

Sounds to me like someone is bitter, huh?

Thanks to my pal Rene Ritchie for the heads-up on the press release.

UPDATE: More information about the suit has surfaced and according to The iPhone Blog Apple is suing Nokia for UI patents. How can this be when most of the US mobile press slams Nokia for an interface that is old and outdated? I always said there is very little difference in the way the Symbian OS looks (tap an icon, launch an app) compared to the iPhone, but the thing is Nokia has been doing it for a LOT longer. Maybe Nokia should be suing Apple for UI patents instead.

Topics: Legal, Apple, Nokia

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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