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Nokia Slaps Apple With iPad Patent Suit

Nokia has thrown down the gauntlet at Apple by filing a lawsuit, with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, claiming that vital technology powering the the iPad 3G and the iPhone has infringed five patents in its portfolio.

These, Nokia said (opens in new tab), include intellectual property associated with "enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices".

Paul Melin, the head honcho of Nokia's patent department, said that "Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices. We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation."

The world's biggest mobile phone manufacturer said that it has spent more than 40 billion Euros over the past 20 years to amass and built an impressive portfolio of patents, around 11,000 of them.

Apple and Nokia are also locking horns in two other patent infringement lawsuits that both companies have filed against each other back in October and December. Apple has also launched legal proceedings against rival smartphone maker HTC over alleged patent violations.

Apple announced the release of the iPad in the UK on Friday with the launch of the iconic tablet reader expected to come on the 28th of May.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.