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Nokia Steps Up Legal Assault On Apple

12/29/2009 01:16:50 PM Eastern

Espoo, Finland - Nokia ratcheted up its legal assault
against Apple, contending in a complaint before the U.S. International Trade
Commission (ITC) that Apple is infringing on Nokia patents in "virtually all" of its cellphones, iPods and computers.

Nokia contended that
Apple is violating seven patents involving user-interface, camera, antenna and power-management
technologies. The technologies, Nokia said, "are important to Nokia's success
as they allow better user experience, lower manufacturing costs, smaller size
and longer battery life for Nokia products."

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.

After Nokia pressed its suit, Apple filed a countersuit claiming
the cellphone giant is infringing 13 Apple patents.

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