Nokia requests U.S. ITC investigation into Apple patent infringement

Year-End Clearance & Tax Saving Sale 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.”

Source: Nokia

MacDailyNews Take: Can’t compete? Litigate.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Karwa” for the heads up.]


  1. Nokia being a leading developer…. phe phe….

    12 years and their phone are still shit. How are they a leading developer.

    And besides… did you really think the US will allow a Finnish company overtake an American Icon?

    They’ll go nowhere

  2. So what? Apple made a GSM phone and is selling them like crazy, so lets sue them!? Nokia is such a pathetic company. I hope they get there ass wiped. And am glad I never owned one of there products and that for the crap that the company decided to do here in Germany. Nokia go join M$ and burn in Hell!

  3. If the case has any actual merit, and it may, then best of luck to them. They certainly did not expect Apple, of all potential competitors, to waltz in and grab a chunk of the most profitable sector of the market! So, initially there was considerable charity as the Cs chuckled at the newcomer. Then things went sideways and they had to adjust their strategy.
    DO they have a case? I wouldn’t know that if all the relevant documents were laid out in front of me with a road-map to lead me through it! But they have told Apple that they are coming, which means that Apple will be looking at the facts and devising work-arounds where they – Apple – thinks they might possibly be on dangerous ground. Expect a number of innovations in the new iPhone this June, all related to this suit.

  4. From what I can tell, RoughlyDrafted’s earlier article on the Nokia-Apple patent dispute continues to hold true:

    […] this is not a case of tit-for-tat as virtually every report so far has suggested. It’s a case of Nokia, finding itself well behind the curve in mobile phones, attempting to extort unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory licensing terms against Apple for patents which Nokia has already committed to license under fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  5. In case Nokia hasn’t noticed:

    No one wants their phones backwards symbian phones anymore…That’s why their sales are fast dwindling.

    Just like all the others that laughed at the iphone rather than transform and get with the times ( monkey boy Balmer, Colligen etc..) they still prefer to pursue politics of (self) destruction at their own peril. How smart…

  6. The ITC case is where the real money will be made, if any. Nokia will now describe just how big a slice of Apple’s money it will need to STFU and go away. After which it will get back in line behind all the others.

  7. bioness … granting that much of what you say is true, none of it has any impact on the facts of the case. Make it TWO dozen years of building crap phones, if they have the patents someone stepped on in making a GOOD phone … end of story.
    As for a Finnish company vs an American one … Justice is Justice regardless of where the litigants hail from. Change that and you may still be talking about the LAW, but you are no longer talking about <u>Justice</u>. This is a hard truth many Americans struggle with, and still fail to understand. And many of the rest of us occasionally grind our teeth over it.
    Chas … I think maybe they are talking about Airport?

  8. Nokia is run by morons. Had they actually innovated, my last Nokia would have been different from the one from 1997. In reality, it was just physically smaller. Yup. That’s all they managed in a decade.

  9. oh SHUT THE EFF UP Nokia, you’d sell off your first born to keep Apple from making your own devs look like the complete morons…….OOOOPS, too late. I say in 2 years we’re all going to be saying ‘Nokia…….remember that company?’

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