Nokia to sue US rival Apple

| October 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, has announced it is suing its US rival Apple for infringing 10 of its patents with the iPhone.

Nokia has accused Apple of “trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation” and said it had not been compensated for its technology.

Nokia said today it had filed the complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware in the US.

In a statement, Finland-based Nokia said: “The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.”

Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, said: “The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for.

“Apple is also expected to follow this principle.”

The news comes just a few days after Apple posted a net profit of $1.67 billion (£1 billion) in the three months to 26 September - a 47% rise compared with a year earlier.

The rise in profits was due to the popularity of the iPhone with sales growing 7%. Steve Jobs, Apple Chief Executive, said he was “thrilled” at selling more Mac computers and iPhones than in any previous quarter.

Meanwhile, last week, Nokia, posted a loss for the July to September period. The group posted a net loss of €913 million (£838 million) for the period, compared with a profit of €1.1 billion in the same period a year ago.

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