Apple countersues Nokia over phone patents

Dec 11, 2009
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(AP) -- Apple Inc. is suing cell phone maker Nokia Corp. for patent infringement, a countermove to Nokia's earlier suit against technologies used in Apple's iPhone.

Apple's lawsuit claims Nokia is infringing on 13 of Apple's patents, and says the Finland-based company chose to "copy the ," especially its user interface, to make up for its declining share of the high-end phone market.

Nokia's lawsuit, filed in October, claims that Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple infringes on 10 of its patents covering both phone calls and Wi-Fi access.

The patents Apple alleges Nokia is infringing deal with, among other things: connecting a phone to a computer, teleconferencing, menus on a touch screen, power conservation in chips, and "pattern and color abstraction in a graphical user interface."

Nokia representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Friday morning.

Apple said Nokia fell behind in the smart phone market because it chose to focus on old-fashioned cell phones with conventional user interfaces at a time when "smart" phones were growing increasingly popular.

Countersuits are a staple of litigation, which often ends in cross-licensing agreements. Nokia said in October that 40 manufacturers - but not Apple - have licensed the patents in its lawsuit.

Both suits were filed in federal court in Delaware.

U.S.-traded shares of rose 27 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $12.83 in morning trading, and Apple's shares slid 62 cents to $195.81.

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Bob_B
1 / 5 (2) Dec 11, 2009
Apple is such a pig, they should hire Darl McBride to make every thing just fine at Apple!

IMHO, Apple products are over-priced tinker toys.

Just because it costs more does not make it good or even better. iTunes is a perfect example. What crap. My PC has never been the same since iTunes got on my HD. It may not be a Trojan but it does create havoc for the files you used to know about.
Yelmurc
not rated yet Dec 11, 2009
This is nothing new in the tech world. Companies will be filing these claims back and forth until the ends of time.

I would only have issues with any of these claims if it affected a consumers experience because a company was forced to remove the technology from their product.

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