Struggling European phone company Nokia is determined to take on Apple, with the company now filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming that Apple is infringing Nokia patents with their all their iPhone, iPods and Apple computers.
The simmering feud, which has been going on for over 12 months, is based on seven patents that the Finnish phone maker claims relates to a user interface as well as camera, antenna and power-management technologies found in Apple products.
“While our litigation in the USA is about Apple’s attempt to free-ride on the back of Nokia investment in wireless standards, the ITC case filed today is about Apple’s practice of building its business on Nokia’s proprietary innovation,” said Paul Melin, in charge of patent licensing at Nokia.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nokia sued for patent infringement in October, and Apple earlier this month denied the charges and said it was countersuing Nokia for allegedly infringing 13 of Apple’s patents.
In its fiscal fourth quarter, Apple sold 7.4 million iPhones, up 7 per cent from a year earlier. In October, Nokia said its sales volume dropped 8 per cent to 109 million phones during the third quarter