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Apple Countersues Nokia

12/11/2009 10:41:29 AM Eastern

Cupertino,
Calif. - Apple
filed a countersuit against Nokia, claiming the cellphone giant is infringing
13 Apple patents.

"Other
companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by
stealing ours," said Bruce Sewell, Apple senior VP and general counsel, in
a statement.

Apple didn't specify the patents or the court in which it sued.

In October, Nokia filed a patent-infringement
lawsuit
against Apple in Federal District Court
in Delaware,
contending all iPhones from the first ones shipped in 2007 infringe on 10 Nokia
patents. The patents were said to relate to "technologies fundamental to making
devices [that] are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and
wireless LAN standards," Nokia
said. The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption.

At the time, Nokia VP Ilkka Rahnasto contended, "Apple is
attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation." Nokia had
said it has entered into license agreements that include these patents with about
40 companies, including "virtually all the leading mobile device vendors."