Hot on the heels of winning its own patent case, Nokia is now bringing its own case against iPhone maker Apple. Nokia has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple’s iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN standards.
“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia.
“Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”
Nokia said it had created one of the strongest and broadest patent portfolios in the industry by investing more than €40bn in R&D during the last two decades.
It said that much of this intellectual property, including the patents in suit, has been declared essential to industry standards and 40 companies – including almost all the leading mobile device vendors – had already successfully entered into license agreements.
The ten patents in suit relate to technologies fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and wireless LAN standards.
The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.