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Nokia sues Apple (targets iPad)

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May 7th, 2010

The release of the Apple’s new product (the iPad) has come with major success.  Just as Apple is suing HTC for the use of their patents on the iPhone, Nokia is suing Apple for allegedly violating patents. This is not the first time that Nokia has sued Apple. However, this new legal dispute is towards the newly released iPad 3G.


According to a Nokia press release, the company alleges that Apple has impinged on five “important” patents, relating to “enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations.”

Press Release:

Nokia sues Apple in Wisconsin for infringement of Nokia patents
May 07, 2010

Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five important Nokia patents.

The patents in question relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices. These patented innovations are important to Nokia’s success as they allow improved product performance and design.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”

This is an ongoing dispute and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon.   If either company wins in court it will result in a ban of all their opposing company’s products.


by Eric Ansah

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