Apple files new trade complaint with ITC against Nokia

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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21 Comments

  1. How many of us used Nokia phones just a few years ago and wondered if they would ever bring order to one of the most convoluted user interfaces in technological history?

    I know I did. Thank you Apple, for again rewriting the rules.

  2. Nokia is the “Microsoft” of mobile handset manufacturers. Slow to respond to a changing marketplace, and dismissive of threats posed by smaller competitors.

    Much like Microsoft, this dinosaur is big and has far to fall – but fall it most certainly will.

  3. Apple could seek to have all existing Nokia phones in service turned off. If Apple goes worldwide, it becomes the new Microsoft and the biggest target. The message would be sent that Apple is ready to launch the nuclear option if pushed.

  4. If it [the ITC] agrees to consider Apple’s complaint, it could complete the investigation in about 15 months.

    And in 15 months, who knows what the fast-moving smartphone marketplace will look like. This doesn’t look too good for slow-moving Nokia.

  5. When I had nokia 8800, I was trying to use it as my modem on iMac. But there was no driver for mac os x. So, I called them and ask if they can help me or if they have plan to support os X. They just didn’t have a clue. I was a bit upset and told them that I will never buy any nokia once apple release a phone. My whole family used nokia and now my whole family using iPhone. Even my wife who is scared of tech, happily using an iPhone 3GS and she said she’s proud of her phone. Thanks Apple. And GOOD BYE NOKIA……..4EVER:-)

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