Nokia has filed a lawsuit against
Apple in the United States, claiming that Apple’s iPhone and iPad 3G infringe
on several of its patents.
Nokia said that Apple had infringed
on patents relating to “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”.
In a press release, Paul Melin,
general manager of patent licensing for Nokia, said: “Nokia has been the
leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices. 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.”
The move is the latest in a series
of lawsuits between the two companies. In October last year, Nokia filed a
lawsuit against Apple for patent infringement. Two months later, Apple filed a countersuit,
accusing Nokia of infringing on some of its patents. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s
general counsel, said: “Other companies must compete with us by inventing their
own technologies, not just by stealing ours.”
Another round of lawsuits followed,
from both sides, and the matter remains unresolved.
The new lawsuit comes
as Apple announced plans to release the iPad outside the US for the first time.
The iPad will be released in Britain on Friday, May 28 and prices start at