A further complaint has been filed in the International Trade Commission in the United States by Nokia, accusing Apple of having violated additional patents of the Finland based telecom giant in almost all of the mobile phones, tablets, computers and music players manufactured by it. The new complaint enlists seven different patents of Nokia which are called pioneering innovations by Nokia which Apple is allegedly now using in the designing of several key features of the products it creates in the field of multi-tasking operating systems, positioning, data synchronization, call quality and accessories for Bluetooth.
This new complaint in the ITC has been filed following the determination in the initial appeal to the Commission by Nokia which was announced on Friday the 25th of March. Nokia has stated that it isn’t satisfied with the initial judgment which says that no violation of section 337 occurred in the complaint. The company is now waiting for the full detailed ruling in the case before it decides on taking any further steps on the matter.
Nokia hasn’t stopped with just the ITC complaints, the company has filed cases regarding the same patents in Delaware and it also has many more cases which are pending in the Federal Patent Court in Germany, Mannheim, Dusseldorf, the High Court in London and Netherland’s District Court of Hague. Many of these cases will be up for trial in the next few months.
Paul Melin, the Intellectual Property Vice President at Nokia, says that the company now has a grand total of 46 patent filings against Apple including the latest appeals at ITC, with many of them having been filed more than 10 years before the first iPhone came out. Nokia currently holds more than 10,000 patent families which is a result of its extensive spending in research and development.