Nokia Sues "Free-Riding" Apple

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Espoo, Finland - 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 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.

"By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation," said Ilkka Rahnasto, Nokia VP of legal and intellectual property.

Nokia said it has entered into license agreements that include these patents with about 40 companies, including "virtually all the leading mobile device vendors."

Apple has nott issued a comment.


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