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Judge Rules In Apple's Favour In Nokia Patent Battle

Apple has scored a victory in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit with Nokia after a judge ruled that Apple had not violated Nokia's Symbian patents.

James Gildea of the US International Trade Commission ruled that Apple had not violated the five Nokia patents relating to mobile phones, computers and music players. Nokia was seeking to ban Apple from selling the infringing products within the United States.

The judge failed to give a reason behind his ruling and his decision will be reviewed by a six-member ITC panel within the next 60 days.

A Nokia spokesperson said in a statement to PhBeta, “This is a disappointing result, after release of a formal adjudication, Nokia will decide the next action.”

The Apple-Nokia patent war began when the Finnish mobile phone maker filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple back in October 2009, claiming violation of its wireless technology patents. The iPhone maker responded with a counter-suit, claiming that Nokia had infringed on thirteen of its patents relating to the iPhone.

The judge's ruling is only a small part of this long-running legal battle between the two mobile phone giants. Nokia will most likely appeal the judge's decision again and continue its legal wranglings with Apple.