Nokia Steps Up Legal Fight Against Apple

Nokia today stepped up its legal fight with Apple, filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission that alleges the Cupertino, Calif., company “infringes Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players and computers.” It’s just the latest eruption in the mobile space, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of legal activity.

In the case at hand, there are seven patents in question, relating to user interface software as well as camera, antenna and power-management, Nokia said. A long-running legal feud between the two companies has heated up in recent months. The Finnish manufacturer in October filed a suit claiming Apple had violated 10 Nokia patents regarding wireless technologies; Apple responded a few weeks ago with a countersuit regarding 13 of its own patents. The suits appear to be little more than bargaining tactics, as Stacey noted earlier this month, since both companies have technologies worth licensing.

Nokia has become very active in the courtroom lately as it continues to take a beating at the hands of Apple and other handset vendors. And it’s not alone; a host of other players are waging legal battles, too, including Motorola, Palm and Research In Motion. We’re sure to see more of these types of lawsuits as connectivity comes to more devices and the lines between mobile phones and a host of other consumer electronics continue to blur. Many of the lawsuits will likely come from vendors (like Nokia) who are watching their market share decrease as the space evolves.

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