Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“Apple Inc. filed a new patent- infringement complaint against Nokia Oyj, seeking to block U.S. imports of mobile phones and increasing the legal battle between the two over smartphone technology,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

“Notice of the complaint was posted yesterday on the Web site of the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington,” Decker reports. “Nokia, the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, filed its own complaint last month at the ITC, seeking to ban imports of Apple’s iPhone, iPod and MacBook products.”

Decker reports, “The ITC is a government agency whose job is to protect the U.S. market from unfair trade practices, including patent infringement. If it agrees to consider Apple’s complaint, it could complete the investigation in about 15 months.”

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Tarmo Virki reports for Reuters, “Nokia said on Saturday it would defend itself vigorously against Apple’s complaint to United States International Trade Commission, filed on Friday. ‘Nokia will study the complaint when it is received and continue to defend itself vigorously,’ said a company spokesman.”

“Nokia has stumbled badly in the fast-growing smartphone sector and relative newcomer Apple has gained ground against the market leader thanks to the iPhone,” Virki reports. “Apple, which entered the industry in mid-2007, overtook Nokia in the September quarter as the cellphone maker generating the highest total operating profit.”

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