Nokia Steps Up Legal Assault On Apple

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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,


filed a countersuit claiming the cellphone giant is infringing 13 Apple patents.


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