Looks like the kid gloves are off but who will prevail?
Nokia began a legal fight with Apple in October this year when they announced their plans to sue Apple over the iPhone.
Today Nokia filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) saying almost all of the company’s products violate its patents not just the Apple iPhone. According to Reuters, Nokia believes Apple’s iPhone, iPods and computers all violate its intellectual property rights.
Nokia, the world’s giant in the manufacturing of mobile phone technology, sued Apple in October for infringing patents on mobile phone technology used in the iPhone. According to Nokia the patent breach applied to all iPhones since its launch in 2007. Nokia accused Apple of “trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”. These alleged infringements, of which there were ten- involved wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption. Nokia have said that they hold agreements with roughly forty firms who use the technology which Nokia has worked hard to develop, including most mobile phone handset makers – allowing them to use the firm’s technology. Apple however, have not signed any such agreement with Nokia and as such find themselves in this situation.
The ITC is expected to make a decision on whether to pursue the case by the end of January.