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Friday, 23 October 2009

Nokia versus Apple Patent Dispute

Finnish mobile giant Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday on grounds that the iPhone maker has used Nokia’s mobile technology without permission.

The case is filed in the Federal District Court in Delaware and alleges that Apple has used 10 Nokia-patented technology standards in the iPhone since its 2007 launch, relating to wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption.

In its release, Nokia complains that it’s spent €40 million billion ($60 billion) on R&D in the last 20 years and that its licensed its tech standards to manufacturers in 40 countries worldwide.

Nokia’s VP for legal & IP Ilkka Rahnasto is taking no prisoners: “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,” he says.

Now we are are very interested by this as we have our own patents in the mobile technology space so its very relevant stuff for us.

On the surface we, of course, have sympathy with Nokia but I'm sure Apple will counter claim and the lawyers will get rich. We don't think this action is entirely motivated by the stellar rise of the iphone and the huge loss of Nokia market share. Also I'm sure that Nokia's move will open the flood gates for other patent holders to take a legal swing at Apple. Either way we will watch this one carefully and share all developments with you.

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