Nokia announced that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, for five patent infringements.
The Finnish cellphone maker alleges that the Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five Nokia patents, related to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices.
Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia, said: “We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation”.
According to the company, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development in the past twenty years and built one of the wireless industry’s strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 11,000 patent families.
Nokia is a worldwide provider of handheld devices and mobile communications technologies, serving over 1.2 billion people. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi, including music, maps, apps, email and more.
The company has two other divisions, Nokia NAVTEQ, offering digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.