Nokia has today, announced filing of a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin. Nokia alleges that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five of Nokia’s important patents.
The patents which have prompted Nokia to pursue such a course of action relate to technologies for 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. According to the statement available on Nokia’s website, these patented innovations are important to Nokia's success as they allow improved product performance and design.
"Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices" said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. "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."
Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development during the last two decades. It has also built one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 11,000 patent families.