In a surprising announcement, today Nokia said that it has sued Apple for infringing no less than ten patents “for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.”
The patents cover speech coding, wireless data, encryption and security, and Nokia claims that they’re infringed by all of Apple’s iPhones – starting with the 2.5G model launched in 2007.
Nokia (which recently said its high-end N900 won’t be launched this month) mentions that the ten patents are already licensed to 40 companies around the world, including all the major phone vendors.
Here’s what Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, declared:
“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. 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’s complaint against Apple was filed with the Federal District Court in Delaware, US. If Nokia’s claims turn out to be true, Apple will probably have to pay a lot of money to the Finnish company.
Via Press release
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