Apple takes Nokia lawsuit outside of the US, to the UK

By on September 28, 2010, 3:22 PM
The Apple-Nokia domestic patent battle has gone international: no longer limited to the United States, it has now spilled over into the United Kingdom, according to Reuters. Cupertino is suing the Finnish company in Britain for violating nine of the 13 patents claims in the original complaint and, like the original, accuses Nokia of attempting to copy the iPhone. Why is Apple bothering? To double its odds: two attacks in two different countries are apparently better than one. "We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United States," Nokia said in a statement.

Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement in October 2009, only to have Apple return the favor in December 2009. Nokia sued Apple again in the earlier stages of 2010, this time focusing on the iPad. At this rate, it looks like this battle will soon transform into an outright war.

The US trade body ITC will be deciding on some of the claims between the two companies next year, while the key court hearings are scheduled for 2012. This new attack in Britain also likely won't be resolved anytime soon.

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JudaZ said:

...Apple is getting so old..

everyone knows they sell substandard hardware for 10 times the price....with some design that might look good at times, but not 10 times the price pretty.

its really getting old that appleis claiming everything they make is a revolution ... when it is actually something that has been around for 5 - 10 years ....

...latest is video calls with a mobile.....sooo??

My ancient Nec 616 can do that ...but actually over 3G!!

The iPAd is the same thing. .. tablet pc's have been around for at least 10 years ..... it has just been before its time , and its been cancelled ...then someone tried again...and failed. ...

..nowq iPad is here ... no expansions possebilites whatsoever ... and no flash. .. but its a revolution??

even the name is a ripoff ... of 2 diffrent beeing fujitsu with their iPAD portable PDA for storage wharehouses ..that has existed for years.

...just give it up Apple..

All other cellphone makes pay their licens to Nokia for the patents...but you ignore it....why not just payup before you start accusing someone.....

remember xerox steve jobs? .. inspiration or theft?

tengeta tengeta said:

Usually going to UK courts if the company isn't from there is a pretty good sign of desperation.

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