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ITC staff sides with Nokia in Apple patent dispute

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2010 18:16 User comments (2)

ITC staff sides with Nokia in Apple patent dispute Nokia has gotten a boost in a patent infringement case involving Apple Inc., as staff at the International Trade Commission finds that the company did not violate the iPhone-maker's patents.
The investigative staff at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made its opinion clear in a brief submitted on Monday. The staff finding has equal standing before the commission's administrative law judge with statements by other parties arguing their own cases, according to an ITC spokeswoman.

The judge is not required to follow staff advice. The spat between both companies started when Nokia filed suit against Apple in October 2009 in a U.S. district court. The Finnish giant said that the iPhone infringed 10 patents it held. Apple countersued Nokia, and both companies later filed cases with the ITC.

Apple is asking the ITC to halt imports of Nokia devices that it claims infringes on its intellectual property. The judge will provide a ruling, expected by February 2011, and then the ITC will vote whether to follow the judges ruling in the case.

The related Nokia case against Apple is scheduled to commence on November 29.

The fast-growing market for smartphones is becoming a legal battleground between tech giants looking for a larger piece of the pie. Apple and HTC Corp. have also sued each other and filed claims with the ITC, while Apple also sued Motorola last week claiming the company has violated at least three of its patents. Motorola has suggested recently that Apple is engaged in a shadow war with Google Inc. over the Android operating system, and is targeting Google's hardware partners.

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2 user comments

13.11.2010 19:11

Seems like apple wants to halt the sales of all its competitors, also like the article stated Apple's move towards Motorola is just a indirect way of getting to Google for their android OS.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Nov 2010 @ 19:13

24.11.2010 14:56

after having an iphone 3g with the 4.0 software on it,i can honestly say i'd rather have a nokia 3310 than an iphone

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