Nokia has announced that the company is filing suit against Apple claiming that the iPhone infringes on patents regarding cellular Wi-Fi held by Nokia. The ten patents in suit relate to technologies fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and wireless LAN standards. The patents […]
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Nokia Filing Suit Against Apple over iPhone Patent Dispute

Nokia has announced that the company is filing suit against Apple claiming that the iPhone infringes on patents regarding cellular Wi-Fi held by Nokia.

The ten patents in suit relate to technologies fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and wireless LAN standards. The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.

Nokia also points out that the company has licensing agreements with about 40 other companies regarding their intellectual property. Apple has refused to agree to “appropriate terms.”

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia. “Apple is also expected to follow this principle. 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.”

Silicon Alley Insider also notes that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Muster believes Nokia is suing for only 1-2% patent royalty, that works out to be around $6-$12 per iPhone sold, or $200-$400 million.

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