The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to review actions by Nokia involving Apple’s intellectual property. This announcement comes just days after the ITC agreed to investigate claims made by Kodak against Apple. Bloomberg: The ITC is a government agency whose job is to protect the U.S. market from unfair trade practices, including patent […]
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U.S. International Trade Commission to Review Apple's Complaints Against Nokia

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to review actions by Nokia involving Apple’s intellectual property. This announcement comes just days after the ITC agreed to investigate claims made by Kodak against Apple.

Bloomberg:

The ITC is a government agency whose job is to protect the U.S. market from unfair trade practices, including patent infringement. It could complete the investigation in about 15 months.

This cute little spat between Apple and Nokia began in October when Nokia filed suit against Apple claiming infringement on a number of Nokia-held patents pertaining to Wi-Fi technologies, by Apple. In mid-December Apple filed a countersuit answering to Nokia’s complaint and claiming 13 of Apple’s patents were infringed upon by Nokia.

Nokia then requested that the ITC ban the importation of “virtually all” Apple products, in late December. Apple in turn requested the ITC do the same for all Nokia products coming into the U.S.

The ITC granted Nokia’s request for a review, and of course has now agreed to hear Apple’s request as well. This isn’t at all unexpected. The ITC almost always grants requests for review. It is also highly unlikely that either company’s products will be banned from entering U.S. ports, but the threat of such measures is instead used as leverage to settle the dispute outside the influence of any Federal agency.

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