Nokia sues Apple, alleges patent infringement by iPhone

Nokia sues Apple, alleges patent infringement by iPhone

Summary: The world's biggest cell phone maker is dragging the maker of one of the most popular cell phones to court over patent infringement. Nokia said today that it has filed suit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone infringes on Nokia's patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.

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The world's biggest cell phone maker is dragging the maker of one of the most popular cell phones to court over patent infringement. Nokia said today that it has filed suit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone infringes on Nokia's patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.

The suit surrounds ten patents that cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption. Nokia alleges that all infringement has occured since Apple shipped the first iPhone in 2007. In a press release, Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, said:

The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for. Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation.

Nokia stressed that, during the last two decades, it has invested about (EUR) 40 billion in R&D and holds more than 10,000 patents.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones, Nokia, Networking, Apple, Legal, iPhone, Hardware, Enterprise Software, Wi-Fi

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  • Wasn't it Apple who sued MicroSoft for the "windows" patent ....

    .... that Xerox, not Apple, owned?
    Geez! It took long enough for the Buzzards to come back to roost!
    kd5auq
  • No it wasn't, you moron.

    It was about copyright not a patent. But i suppose you just
    too dumb.
    sigma2
    • Copyright or Patent - only lawyers care.

      The rest of us have to worry about not violating either.
      kd5auq
  • Just think...Stevie Boy thinks he's above the law.

    What a surprise.

    Arrogance reigns supreme at Apple.
    ths40
  • Those dang patent trolls at Nokia!

    ..how dare they sue Apple? Don't they know that only Apple innovates? Must be hard up for cash.
    daftkey
  • Allegations are not verdicts. Dop!

    This will never get to trial. Some settlement will be made. I would like to see what patents they are talking about. Apple and Nokia both have crack legal teams.

    Should be interesting to see. Could also be a publicity stunt on the part of Nokia. i don't think it will hurt Apple in any way, Nokia doesn't make anything half as interesting as the iPhone/iTunes combination.
    mlindl
    • "Presumption of innocence" only applies to criminal law...

      ..Patent disputes are civil law, where only a balance of probabilities has to favour one side or the other.
      daftkey
      • ..uh, what happened to the comment I was replying to?

        ..mine looks totally out of context now.. sorry all!
        daftkey
  • YES!!!! GO NOKIA!!!!

    I hope you bankrupt Apple. :)
    NonZealot
    • I hope...

      That you disappear up your own self-important ar*e.
      UsernameRequired
      • Why do you care?

        Seriously, does the existence of someone who hopes Apple goes bankrupt truly upset you that much? Do you tie your self worth to the financial success of a multi-national, multi-billion $$$/year mega-corporation? That, my friend, is sad. :(
        NonZealot
        • Hypocrite. (NT)

          (NT)
          Intellihence
        • It's obvious that you tie your self worth...

          to the financial bankruptcy of that multi-national, multi-billion
          $$$/year mega-corporation.

          The greater Apple's success, the more deranged you seem to become;
          even to the point of becoming a human spambot, mindlessly posting the
          same obvious lies over and over.

          Now that's sad.
          msalzberg
  • Apple Gets Tables Turned

    According to Nokia, "virtually all the leading mobile device vendors" have licensed Nokia's patents, except Apple.

    Apple has no hesitation to engage lawyers when it feels like it has been wronged in the lease little bit. I wonder how they feel now that they've been accused of "attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia"?
    NameRedacted
  • it will end up with some patent crosslicensing

    I bet Nokia needs some touch patents and Apple asked Arm and Leg for them.
    This lawsuit will make Apple change its mind.
    I'm wondering if Nokia is asking for some dramatic injunctions against shipments of Iphone.
    Linux Geek
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