Nokia starts another Apple court round

Summary:Nokia has said that it filed another complaint with the International Trade Commission alleging that Apple infringes on its patents across its entire product line.

Nokia has said that it filed another complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes on its patents across its entire product line.

In a statement, Nokia said the latest suit focuses on Nokia's patents "that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the areas of multitasking operating systems, data synchronisation, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories".

Nokia filed the latest suit after the ITC ruled that Apple didn't violate its patents. Nokia obviously doesn't agree and said it will wait to see the full ruling before figuring out its next steps.

For those of you keeping score at home, Nokia has the following cases going:

  • Two complaints with the ITC;
  • Patent suits filed in Delaware;
  • Cases in Mannheim, Dusseldorf and the Federal Patent Court in Germany;
  • Lawsuits in the UK and Netherlands.

Add it up and Nokia alleges Apple is infringing on 46 patents in its various lawsuits.

It has been a bull market for patent lawsuits. Eastman Kodak recently notched a win after the ITC agreed to take a closer look at its patent suit against Apple and Research In Motion. Kodak said it could garner US$1 billion in a settlement.

An ITC administrative judge had ruled for Apple and RIM, but now six commissioners will review the case. The final decision is expected in late May.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Apple, Legal, Mobility, Nokia

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