It will come as no surprise to hear that Nokia (NYSE: NOK) did not agree with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ruling last Friday that Apple did not violate any patents belonging to Nokia, in the development of its best-selling wireless devices. Now, the world’s largest handset maker is taking that another step further and going back to the ITC with a further, bigger case against the Cupertino, California-based company.
In this latest chapter in the ongoing patent saga between the two companies, Nokia has filed a second complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). This one alleges that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) “infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers,” according to a release.
This newest complaint covers seven Nokia patents, which it describes as “pioneering innovations”. They cover such areas as multitasking in the OS, data synchronization, “positioning,” call quality and the use of Bluetooth.
This latest suit brings the total number of Nokia patents in suits against Apple to 46, “…many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone,” according to a statement from Paul Melin, Vice President, Intellectual Property at Nokia. “Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”
Nokia claims that over the last 20 years it has invested a whopping €43 billion in research and development and currently has 10,000 patent families.
Although Nokia remains the world’s biggest handset maker, it has been falling behind and losing market share, particularly in smartphones, with the rise of Apple, and the new smartphone paradigms that it brought along on its rise, being one of the biggest reasons for Nokia’s decline.
Regarding the case in which the ITC made a first ruling last Friday, Nokia says that it will await the full ruling on that this summer before taking further steps. “Nokia does not agree with the ITC’s initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case,” it said in a statement.
These ITC rulings are significant in that they can hold up the import and export of products into the country. Also, further cases in federal courts are hinging on the outcome of the ITC cases.
Nokia has also filed suits in Delaware in the U.S. as well as in Mannheim, Dusseldorf and the Federal Patent Court in Germany; the UK High Court in London and the District Court of the Hague in the Netherlands. These are expected to come to trial in the next couple of months, says Nokia.
“Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone,” said Paul Melin, Vice President, Intellectual Property at Nokia. “Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia’s proprietary innovation.”