It seems like Nokia is always suing Apple these days. First there was that lawsuit concerning alleged patent infringement in the iPhone (which still is not resolved, by the way) and now there is this latest lawsuit.
Specifically, Nokia has now said that Apple’s iPad 3G contains five patent infringements. The infringements “involve technology used to enhance speech and data transmission and antenna innovations for compact devices.”
The Apple-Nokia dispute could continue for years—Apple countersued Nokia for patent violations as well. And the first lawsuit probably will not be resolved for a while, so who knows how long it will take for them to resolve this one.
A Nokia employee said that the company has taken this step to ensure that its technology does not continue to be used unlawfully.
Via AfterDawn, image via Nokia.
HTC, the company that Apple is suing over twenty alleged patent infringements, has said in a press release that it does not agree with Apple’s move to file the lawsuit and intends to defend itself.
HTC does not only say that it is innovative—it has a timeline that demonstrates this claim. Here’s a quick list of the company’s firsts regarding smartphones and PDAs:
- First Windows PDA (1998)
- First Windows Phone (June 2002)
- First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
- First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
- First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
- First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)
Some of these occurred long before the iPhone was even out. Unfortunately for HTC, lawsuits can drag out for a long time, which could cause the company financial strain (Apple is so powerful that it probably would not be affected at all). I’m no lawyer, but Apple may be quite off the mark with its lawsuit against this company.
Via ZDNet, image via ZDNet.
On Friday, Nokia asked for dismissal of a lawsuit Apple filed against it, alleging anti-trust claims. Nokia claims that Apple is trying to deflect attention from the fact that it has stolen Nokia’s intellectual property.
The whole business was started back in October 2009 by Nokia when it filed a patent violation suit against Apple. Apple then countered with a lawsuit of its own, alleging withholding of patent information and demanding unreasonable royalties. Both companies have asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of the other company’s phones.
The ITC plans to hear Apple’s case against Nokia in October of this year and plans a final decision by June 2011. It has not yet set a date for hearing Nokia’s case against Apple.
Via Mac Observer, image via Nokia.