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Nokia Corp., the world’s top maker of mobile phones, announced on Thursday that it had filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.

The ten patents in suit relate to technologies fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and wireless LAN standards. The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, according to Nokia. While the move seems to be rather significant, it is strange that it took Nokia over two years to determine the infringement of its patents by Apple.

"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for. Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation," said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of legal and intellectual property at Nokia.

Nokia said that it had created one of the strongest and broadest patent portfolios in the industry, investing more than €40 billion ($60.1 billion) in R&D during the last two decades and built one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families. Much of this intellectual property, including the patents in suit, has been declared essential to industry standards.  The company said that it had already successfully entered into license agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia's innovation.

Nokia has not issued any actual demands to Apple publicly. It is hardly possible that Nokia just wants to make Apple pay for radio-related patents, but the company may be interested in negotiations concerning general unification of mobile phones’ platforms.

Tags: Nokia, Apple, Business


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Discussion started: 10/23/09 02:21:22 AM
Latest comment: 10/24/09 02:19:26 PM
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hmm...after all those phones were sold? well, if Nokia gets apple to pay per phone, waiting two years would be a fortune. Apple's got the best advertising and marketing aspects if not the hardware.!
0 0 [Posted by: tdevinda  | Date: 10/23/09 02:21:22 AM]

NOKIA phones are dull and usually lack one ore two essential features. Every time I bought myself a phone I tried to find a phone having a certain group of features that I needed. Never did NOKIA had a model that had all those features. It’s like they purposely want you to yearn for the “other feature” that your model lacks. The features were in NOKIA phones but never all in the same phone. Every time I ended up buying a SAGEM, Alcatel or SAMSUNG phone that really HAD all the features I needed.

Iphone was and is a step up in the industry. Do you really think we would have sooo many phones with touch interface and with so many software applications and such big screens if it would have been only NOIKA setting the trends ?

Apple may not be my favorite industry player but the ARE innovative unlike NOKIA that are notorious for their conservator approach.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 10/23/09 05:11:34 AM]
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The point of Nokia phones is not about peripherals usage, but to go straight to the orignal purpose of a phone : being able to phone.
thus, they are solid, easy to use, lasts for a long while, does not include too much useless features for phoning, and thus, are cheap.
0 0 [Posted by: Kurata  | Date: 10/24/09 01:03:39 AM]

YEAH DELAWARE!!! we are good for something lol...
0 0 [Posted by: jonnyzat  | Date: 10/24/09 02:19:26 PM]


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