After filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the US district court of Delaware in October, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, has approached the US International Trade Commission, accusing Apple of using technology patented by the Finnish company in ‘virtually all’ all of its products that are being offered by the Cupertino-based company.
The complaint filed by the Apple’s smaller rival include infringements related to user interface, camera, antenna and power management technologies being offered by Apple in its iPhone, iPod and Mac notebook range.
Interestingly, in the case filed in October 2009, the phone maker had accused Apple of infringing 10 Nokia patents regarding core aspects of key wireless standards used in iPhone.
The company had filed the lawsuit in hopes of seeking back royalties on the 33 million iPhones sold since 2007. Since then, Apple has responded by slapping an infringement, tit-for-tat, lawsuit on Nokia, accusing it of using 13 technologies patented by the iPod maker in its products.
Commenting on the latest patent infringement lawsuit, Nokia’s General Manager for patent licensing, Paul Melin said that “Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices. This action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development.”
This is about to get nastier we think and with good reason. Nokia and Apple have had a number of cross licensing going on over the years. However, Apple's dominance is such in the smartphone market that Nokia, apparently, seems to have run out of options to compete with the American company.