Apple has reportedly filed a suit against Nokia in Britain, extending legal accusations of patent infringements that have gone on between the two since October 2009.
Apple, furthering its legal wranglings with global handset leader Nokia, is
extending its lawsuit in Britain,
according to Reuters. Apple already has suits against Nokia in the United
States and with the International Trade
Commission (ITC)-and Nokia has likewise filed suits in the same courts against
"We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine
implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United
States," Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant
told Reuters in a Sept. 30 article.
The trading of lawsuits began Oct. 22, 2009, when Nokia
accused Apple of infringing on 10 Nokia patents
for GSM, WLAN and UMTS
(Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) standards. In a statement
addressing the suit, Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of Nokia's legal and
intellectual property division, accused Apple of "attempting to get a free
ride on the back of Nokia's innovation."
On Dec. 12, Apple
filed its own suit against Nokia,
claiming that Nokia infringes on 13 Apple
patents, and with Apple's legal counsel mynah-birding back in a statement: "Other
companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by
Later that month Nokia filed another patent-infringement suit against Apple
in a U.S. District Court in Delaware,
and each later filed complaints against the other with the ITC, addressing the
same patent issues. In January, the ITC agreed to investigate Nokia's
in February it agreed to look into Apple's
-which addresses the nine patents
referred to by Durrant.
A resolution to the back-and-forth isn't expected to come anytime soon. In
March, Reuters reported on a court filing that showed
Nokia and Apple to have requested a mid-2012 time frame
respective lawsuits to be tried. Analysts see a slow game of cat-and-mouse
being played out, and Ezra Gottheil, with Technology Business Research, has
described the filings to eWEEK as "a form of negotiation" that's "nothing
life or death to either company."
While Nokia leads the global handset market in units shipped, it's had a
difficult time competing for high-end smartphone sales, particularly against
the Apple iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system.
However, on Sept. 30 it began
shipping its newest flagship smartphone, the N8.
Among its notable features
are a 3.5-inch high-definition touch screen, a 12-megapixel camera with HD
video, and an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port for connecting
to an HDTV and other electronics.
The launch of the N8, which will eventually be followed by Nokia E7, C6 and
C7 smartphones, was recently described by a key Nokia executive as marking a "shift
into high gear, in Nokia's fight back [into] smartphone leadership."
Laurie Armstrong, Nokia's director of communications, told eWEEK that
Apple's suit in the U.K.
wasn't a surprising development, and that it seemed designed to "put
pressure on the ongoing dialogue between both companies."
However, she continued, "It changes nothing in the fundamentals of the
matter, which are rooted in Apple's refusal to respect Nokia's intellectual
property and attempt to free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation. We are
reviewing Apple's claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation
patents already in suit between the two of us in the U.S.
Though litigation is always a last resort for Nokia, we will continue to defend
to the utmost."