Nokia sues Apple over patent infringement
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia today said it has sued technology giant Apple alleging infringement of ten patents related to mobile technology.business Updated: Oct 22, 2009 23:10 IST
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia today said it has sued technology giant Apple alleging infringement of ten patents related to mobile technology.
Nokia has filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware in the US, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.
"The ten patents in 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.
"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," Nokia said in a statement.
UMTS refers to Universal Mobile Telecommunications System while W-CDMA is Wideband Code Division Multiple Access.
Ilkka Rahnasto, the Vice President (Legal & Intellectual Property) at Nokia, said the basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies which 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," Rahnasto noted.