Nokia has turned up the heat on their war with Apple; the phone giant has now taken its complaint to the ITC asking for a full investigation. Nokia claims that “virtually all” of Apple’s products infringes on their patents. It seems that the Californian company is using these technologies in their iPhones, iPods and Mac computers.
We have to wonder if this claim is justified or just jealousy considering the success that Apple are having. According to The Guardian, this feud has been ongoing for some time now due to a breakdown earlier this year concerning licensing agreements. This was the start of both companies issuing a number of complaints against each other.
The first lawsuit that Nokia issued against Apple concerned the iPhone, stating that the device infringed on a number of “wireless technology patents”. They have since asked for compensation from every iPhone sold, not sure how far they will get with that one.
Apple did not take this lying down and hit back with a countersuit, claiming that Nokia had copied a number of technologies from the iPhone. Nokia’s latest move to involve the ITC is a serious step and shows that hostilities have now escalated. So how can Nokia claim that almost all of Apple’s major products infringe its patents?
Nokia has always been the most popular handset maker, but since the arrival of the Apple iPhone in 2007, things have changed. Normally the ITC takes up to 30 days to decide if they will pursue a complaint, so we will know more this time next month.
Do you think Nokia are justified in their complaint?