We reported back in October that the Finnish mobile giant was suing its rival Apple for infringing their mobile phone technology patents with the iPhone, and things seem to be heating up to a true Battle Royale.
Apple slammed Nokia’s claim right back into their quid pro quos, swiftly firing off a countersuit claiming that Nokia was infringing 13 of their patents.
That clearly wasn’t enough to put off Nokia, who have now demanded an ITC investigation into Apple’s alleged patent infringement.
Nokia latest claim alleges that Apple infringed seven of their patents “in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers,” with the infringements seen in user interface, camera, antenna, and power management technologies.
Here’s the full text of their press release:
Nokia requests ITC investigation into Apple patent infringement
December 29, 2009
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced it has today filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers.
The seven Nokia patents in this complaint relate to Nokia’s pioneering innovations that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the area of user interface, as well as camera, antenna and power management technologies. These patented technologies are important to Nokia’s success as they allow better user experience, lower manufacturing costs, smaller size and longer battery life for Nokia products.
“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “This action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development. While our litigation in Delaware is about Apple’s attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple’s practice of building its business on Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”