Nokia Pumps its Patent Fight Against Apple with New Accusations

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Stepping up their fight started in 2009, Nokia has filed new patent infringement claims against Apple in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, accusing Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch of infringing e Nokia’s patents. According to Nokia statements, the new suits add 13 new patents to the list of 24 that Apple allegedly infringes.

“The Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences,” Paul Melin, vice president of Intellectual Property at Nokia, said in a statement. “For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone.”

The new suits cover Nokia patents related to a touch-based user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures, antenna structures, messaging functionality and chipsets, caller ID, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.

“None of the asserted patents have been declared essential to any wireless communication standard,” Nokia stated.

The first patent infringement suit against Apple dates back to 2009, when Nokia claimed Apple had violated ten of its patents covering wireless data, speech coding, and encryption.  Soon after Nokia’s legal action, Apple countersued. In the first month of the next year, both companies took their cases to the U.S. International Trade Commission. At the same time, Nokia and Apple also have their legal teams fighting in a civil suit.

Nokia is not the only mobile phone developer throwing its legal armies at Apple. Motorola and HTC both plan to take the same road.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has added several top technology lawyers to its legal team to better tackle the suits. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, was recruited after 15 years at Intel, along with Noreen Krall, who used to work of Sun Microsystems. For outside counsel, Apple contracted William Lee, who successfully represented Broadcom against Qualcomm, and Robert Krupka, who negotiated Apple’s $100 million settlement with Creative Labs in 2005.

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