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Nokia sues Apple over wireless patent dispute

updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu October 22, 2009

Nokia says iPhone violates GSM, 3G patents

Nokia on Thursday sued Apple in a Delaware court for allegedly infringing on ten wireless patents. The claim argues that all iPhones violate patents held by Nokia for GSM calling, 3G data and Wi-Fi as well as security. The Finnish company contends that its patents are recognized as key to cellphones and that Apple is enjoying a "free ride" by exploiting technology Nokia has supposedly developed.

"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," Nokia Legal and IP vice president Ilkka Rahnasto says. "Apple is also expected to follow this principle."

Apple has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Nokia's lawsuit is already regarded as retaliation against Apple for its success in the phone marketplace. The former posted a $1.36 billion loss in its summer quarter as it shipped both fewer phones and shifted to less expensive phones. In smartphones, it has seen its share fall to 35 percent due partly to the iPhone and has had only mild success with its touchscreen devices: it sold 2 million N97s in three months where Apple sold 7.4 million iPhones in a similar amount of time.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Make your own product

    Nokia seem to be incapable of making a good device themselves so they now try to sue to stop a competitor. Cheap!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At least no one can complain that they're just a patent-collecting company looking to sue people...

    And they didn't file suit in Texas, either!

  1. Bermy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if you can't beat 'em...sue 'em...

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sue Sue Sue!

    I guess Nokia would rather put money into lawsuits than R&D.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Three certainties

    Well that makes three certainties: Death, Taxes and Lawsuits. Guess I should have been a mortician, an accountant or a lawyer!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    smell that?

    I can smell the reek of desperation in Finland, all the way over here in North America.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Fanboys complaining about a company commencing a lawsuit? Are pigs flying? You think Nokia was (still is?) the cell phone leader for years without compiling a large arsenal of patents? Come on. You guys really need to pick a stance on an issue. This is getting out of hand.

    Not to mention, lawsuits don't cost anything of the firm is working on contingency basis...

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is it just Apple?

    So am I to understand that all the other makers of phones using GSM voice, data, and WiFi have all paid Nokia for the privilege? This line, "The basic principle in the mobile industry....." is interesting, and seems to infer they are getting paid by everyone else (as they are established mobile phone makers) except Apple (the new kid on the block that doesn't not it's way around). If Apple has just failed to license the correct patents that everyone else as paid, well, then yes, Apple needs to pay. But if other companies are not paying Nokia for the privilege, then their motivation is clear.

  1. peter02l

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I was wondering the same

    It's hard to believe that Palm can afford to pay up for the Pre but Apple can't.

  1. King Bob On The Cob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad move

    Apple holds patents on hundreds of GUI inventions and conceptions that I'm sure Nokia uses. They're totally boned in a patent war.

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