Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple alleging infringement of additional Nokia patents in virtually all products

Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.

The seven Nokia patents in the new complaint relate to Nokia’s pioneering innovations that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories.

This second ITC complaint follows the initial determination in Nokia’s earlier ITC filing, announced by the ITC on Friday, March 25. Nokia does not agree with the ITC’s initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case.

In addition to the two ITC complaints, Nokia has filed cases on the same patents and others in Delaware, US and has further cases proceeding in Mannheim, Dusseldorf and the Federal Patent Court in Germany, the UK High Court in London and the District Court of the Hague in the Netherlands, some of which will come to trial in the next few months.

“Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone,” said Paul Melin, Vice President, Intellectual Property at Nokia, in the press release. “Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”

During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 43 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry’s strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families. Nokia is a world leader in the development of handheld device and mobile communications technologies, which is also demonstrated by Nokia’s strong patent position.

Source: Nokia

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  1. “Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”

    Is this the same leading innovator that recently had to lower itself to accepting $1 billion from Microsoft to support Windows Phone 7??

    And if it really is an innovator in knowing how to build great mobile products out of its fabulous portfolio of intellectual property, then the other question has to be What went wrong?

  2. You guys are sad… if the tables were turned and Nokia won against Apple and Apple went after Nokia a second time… you would be so happy…

    Shame! No doubt in my mind that Apple is guilty in some shape or form. Apple is not perfect… heck they can’t even fix the iOS alarm clock bug in iOS 4.x Another new one just came out in iOS 4.3.1 What an embarrassment for Apple! Maybe they could call on Nokia to get it fixed for them? 🙂

    1. Apple didn’t invent cell phones, Apple knows that. Apple does pay license fees for technologies. Nokia has failed once already to defend their claims which questions how honestly they are presenting their case.

      Apple did invent their models and their technologies and they are able to defend them if they chose to.

      The clock has been fixed, BTW. What else you got?

  3. Nokia must have been keeping all those patents in a big, unorganized box in the broom closet. They obviously couldn’t find them when making their clumsy garbage.

      1. Mr Adams would be so proud of you!

        However you and m159 are so right!

        Come to think of it, the Vogons and their Constructor Fleet would probably a great way of dealing with Nokia ………

  4. Previously though, Microsoft hadn’t picked sides. Now, Apple will have to deal with Redmond on some level through all this. We will have to wait and see if MS applies behind the scenes pressure for Apple to soften it’s stance. The courts referee for sure, but that’s not the whole game.

  5. The way these things usually end up being solved is by cross-licensing. It would surprise me if Apple had managed to avoid every single one of Nokia’s patents. Likewise I reckon it is very unlikely that Nokia’s latest smartphones avoid all of Apple’s patents.
    What interests me is quantum. Apple makes good money out of their phones. If Nokia manage to win a case on one of these patents, I bet they stand up in Court and say “We would have made all that money Apple made.” I really, really doubt that. Working out an exact figure for how much each company might owe the other would be – impossible.
    (The legal cost however will be quite precise.)
    (Random note: A lawyer once charged me for the cup of instant coffee I had while waiting in his waiting room…)

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