Nokia just announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the
Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia
patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. As a leading innovator
in wireless communications, Nokia has created one of the strongest and broadest
patent portfolios in the industry, investing more than 40 billion Euro in R&D
during the last two decades. Much of this intellectual property, including the
patents in suit, has been declared essential to industry standards. Nokia has
already successfully entered into license agreements including these patents
with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile
device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia's innovation.
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.
"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."
During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately 40 billion Euro
in research and development and built one of the wireless industry's strongest
and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families. According to
Nokia, the company is a world leader in the development of GSM technologies and
its evolution to UMTS / 3G WCDMA as well as wireless LAN, which is also
demonstrated by Nokia's strong patent position in these technologies.
Cheers ~ Arne