updated 10:50 am EDT, Fri May 7, 2010
Nokia says Apple violating 5 more patents
Nokia stepped up its pressure on Apple again today by suing the company a second time over allegedly violating patents. The complaint accuses Apple's 3G-capable iPad and iPhone of infringing on five more patents relating to sending data and speech, using location data in apps, and advanced antenna designs. Unusually filed in Wisconsin, the suit doesn't have specific damages but is marketed by Nokia as a necessary step.
"Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices," the company's Patent Licensing GM Paul Melin said. "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."
The lawsuit is believed to be retaliation for Apple's refusal to license Nokia's claimed patents on 3G, which prompted both the original lawsuit from late last year as well as ITC trade ban requests. Most companies faced with legal action have chosen to license Nokia's patents instead of disputing them, but Apple has not only countersued Nokia but asked for a trade ban on Nokia as well.
Success by either company without a settlement could lead to a complete ban on the other's products, although courts and the ITC could issue partial verdicts that only find some infringement.