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Nokia will 'defend itself vigorously' against Apple patent claims

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Jan 2010 8:34

Nokia will 'defend itself vigorously' against Apple patent claims Earlier this week, Nokia responded to Apple's complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), saying it will "defend itself vigorously." Apple filed a complaint with the ITC on January 15th, requesting that Nokia imports to the United States be blocked. The iPod-maker accuses Nokia of infringing several of its patents, having allegedly "copied certain aspects of the iPhone."
The legal dispute between the two companies kicked off in October when Nokia fired the first shot by filing a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringed 10 of its patents. In response, Apple countersued the Finnish mobile handset giant, alleging that its products infringed 13 patents it held. Then, in December 2009, Nokia filed a further claim with the ITC alleging Apple infringed seven of its patents in "virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers."

Following the latest move by Apple in the ongoing dispute, Nokia said it will "study the complaint and defend itself vigorously". "This does not alter the fact that Apple has failed to agree appropriate terms for using Nokia technology and has been seeking a free ride on Nokia's innovation since it shipped the first iPhone in 2007," a Nokia spokesperson said.

Apple does not comment on ongoing litigation.

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