Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) has filed nine patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands. Nokia alleges that the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad are in violation of Nokia’s patents.
“These actions add 13 further Nokia patents to the 24 already asserted against Apple in the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware and Wisconsin Federal courts,” said Paul Melin, vice president, Intellectual Property at Nokia. “The Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences. For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone,” said Nokia in an official statement.
Four of the patents are related to the touch user interface, on-device app stores, modulator structures, and signal noise suppression. Over the last 20 years, Nokia spent about 40 billion Euros in R&D. They have about 11,000 patents.
[Nokia Press Release]