Apple countersues Nokia, accuses them of attempting a patent hold-up

By on December 11, 2009, 2:00 PM
Just as promised, Apple has responded to Nokia's patent infringement accusations with a lawsuit of its own. The Cupertino-based company claims Nokia is infringing on 13 of its patents, and furthermore accuses them of trying to gain an unjust competitive advantage, to make up for their declining share of the high-end phone market, by charging unwarranted fees for patents that allegedly cover industry compatibility standards.

The patents Apple alleges Nokia is infringing deal with, among other things, connecting a phone to a computer, teleconferencing, gesture-based features on a touch screen, power conservation techniques, and "pattern and color abstraction in a graphical user interface." For its part Nokia claims Apple infringes several of its patents related to wireless communications, speech coding, security and encryption.

It remains to be seen if either company's claims will hold any water in a trial, though a more likely outcome is probably that the two will reach a cross-licensing agreement of sorts out of court.




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Timonius Timonius said:

Wah wah wah....throw the book at both of them!

Puiu Puiu said:

Don't they get tired from so many lawsuits? I know i am.

JudaZ said:

" among other things, connecting a phone to a computer, teleconferencing, gesture-based features on a touch screen, power conservation techniques, and "pattern and color abstraction in a graphical user interface." Excuse me??? Connecting a phone to a computer? Ericsson and Nokia did that years before apple even thought of making a phone. Same with teleconferencing & powerconservation .. after all Nokia phones lasted longer then any other manufacturers before color screens started to appear. touch sceens also existed on phones long before Apple was able to save their company from death. Sure you used a pen and it was not multitouvh but stil ltouvh sceen.... Apple must be joking. ...what are their next claim? ... saying they invented the first mp3 player?? and suing AMD, because they bought ati, that bought Diamond Multimedia.(if i remember all the turns correctly) ... climing they own the patent for the colour white?

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