Continuing the long legal battle that has been happening this past year in the US, Apple have sued Nokia in the UK over nine separate patents. Nokia have responded to the suit, but Apple are yet to deliver a statement.
It is not yet known what patents are under the microscope yet, but in a statement from Nokia, they say that “Apple’s action is an unsurprising development, which seems designed to put pressure on the ongoing dialogue between both companies”.
It all started in October 2009 when Nokia sued Apple for abusing the GSM, 3G and Wi-Fi patents to which Apple then counter-sued in December of the same year.
In March 2010, both suits were put on hold by a Delaware court so that the US International Trade Commission could work out exactly what was going on and to make a decision on the matter.
Nokia then expanded the original suit to include one of Apple’s newest products — the Apple iPad as well as the iPhone.
Nokia claim that the newest additions to the lawsuit “changes nothing in the fundamentals of the matter” that solely tie to “Apple’s refusal to respect Nokia’s intellectual property and attempt to free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”. They also go on to say that they will do everything in their power to defend themselves for what they believe is right.
What are your views on the matter? Who’s right? Nokia or Apple?