The fun doesn't stop in the ongoing Nokia/Apple patent dispute; the Finnish cell phone manufacturer has now filed claims in three European countries alleging Apple infringement on 13 additional patents, beyond the 24 patents already covered in the existing US and International Trade Commission filings.
Nokia has chosen to file claims on four patents in the UK High Court, seven patents in district court in Dusseldorf, five in Mannheim and two in the Hague. I'm not a patent lawyer (to say nothing of an international intellectual property expert), so I can't say why there's a split between the two German courts, but the company also filed separate claims in the US's Federal courts in two states (Wisconsin and Delaware).
These patents cover technologies that Nokia claims are used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, among other products. They include on-device app stores, touch user interface elements, caller ID and more.
Apple, of course, isn't standing idle on the patent litigation front. Over the past year, the company has retained top legal talent to help defend against Nokia, Motorola and other patent challengers while pressing Apple's own counterclaims of patent infringement.
Full press release below.
December 16, 2010
Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced it has filed claims in the UK High Court, Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts in Germany and the District Court of the Hague, Netherlands, alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in many of its products sold in these countries, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
"These actions add 13 further Nokia patents to the 24 already asserted against Apple in the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware and Wisconsin Federal courts," said Paul Melin, vice president, Intellectual Property at Nokia. "The Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences. For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone."
Nokia's filing in the UK covers 4 Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures.
Nokia's filing in Dusseldorf, Germany covers 7 Nokia patents related to touch user interface, antenna structures, messaging functionality and chipsets.
Nokia's filing in Mannheim, Germany covers 5 Nokia patents related to on-device app stores, caller ID, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.
Nokia's filing in the Hague, Netherlands covers 2 Nokia patents related to signal noise suppression and data card functionality.
None of the asserted patents have been declared essential to any wireless communication standard.
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