∞ Nokia sues Apple over iPhone patent infringement

Nokia, the world’s largest handset-maker, on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court in Delaware alleging that Apple’s iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. iphone3gsThe ten patents in the 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, according to Nokia.

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, claims Nokia.

“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,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia. “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.”

Nokia says it has spent EUR 40 billion in research and development over the past two decades, including work on the patents in this lawsuit.



  • Arthur Langereis

    So sad. Bye bye Nokia. I liked your phones once, then you became obsolete overnight. Oh well.

  • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

    Wow. Well, I know when I hear Nokia, I immediately think “gosh, I need to ride on the back of their innovation.”

    What the hell, man? Is it possible to be successful at anything in the US without fighting multiple patent suits?

    • Jim Dalrymple

      These days, I really don’t think so. So many patents and patent companies.

  • http://moeskido.wordpress.com Moeskido

    Who’s looking for a free ride on whose back, again?

  • Jim

    Hmm, my guess is that Nokia approached Apple to get permission to use some of Apple’s technology for free. Apple said no. So now Nokia will try to force their hand by suing them and hope that Apple agrees to swap free use of each others technologies. Either that or Apple confronted them on use of Apple owned technology and Nokia is countering them with a law suit in an attempt to get to use the technology free of charge. I am sure there will be some out of court settlement that will allow each company to move forward.

  • Torstein A.

    Nokia who?? I have heard of RIMM, Apple, Google Android and other companies who actually mean something to the modern smartphone industry. Who is this NOKIA? It sounds like a company that doesn’t matter any more. And they are trying to make a desperate bid (by suing Apple) to make people notice them?

    Dear Nokia, if you want people to notice you, please make products that are worth buying. Stop this lawsuit-happy nonsense. It is stupid. Only un-competitve losers resort to this sort of stuff.

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