Apple, Nokia Patent Dispute Put On Hold By US Judge

A judge presiding over a patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Nokia, has halted the proceeding of the case, in order to allow the US International Trade commission to investigate other patent infringement cases filed by both the companies.

According to reports, the US District Court in Delaware, has temporarily stopped the proceedings of the case, which was mounted by the Finnish mobile phone company, against Apple, claiming that the iPod maker had infringed on 7 Nokia patents in products ranging from the iPod to iMac desktops.

Back then, commenting on the lawsuit, Nokia had issued a war cry against Apple which stated that "By refusing to agree to appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation."

The Associated Press reported that the court order also applies to the counter lawsuit mounted by Apple, claiming that Nokia had infringed on nine patents held by Apple.

However, recently, Apple had slapped a patent infringement lawsuit against smartphone maker HTC, accusing the company of infringing on 20 Apple patents in Android based smartphone.

The never ending history of lawsuits among companies suggests a possible the misuse of US patent laws by some companies to annihilate their competition.