Nokia verklagt Apple: iPhone soll Nokia-Patente verletzen

23. Oktober 2009 | by Alex Reiger

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Hat Apple-CEO Steve Jobs (Bild oben) etwa alles nur geklaut?

Es ist ein deftiger Streit um das Kult-Smartphone iPhone von Apple entbrannt. Der finnische Mobilfunkriese Nokia geht mit rechtlichen Schritten gegen den kalifornischen Apple-Konzern vor und erhob am Donnerstag bei einem Gericht im US-Bundesstaat Delaware Klage.

Die Finnen behaupten, das iPhone verletze gleich mehrere Nokia-Patente, nun wollen die Skandinavier dafür die Hand aufhalten – schließlich macht Nokia inzwischen (erstmals seit 16 Jahren) herbe Verluste.

Laut Nokia hat Apple mit dem iPhone zehn Nokia-Patente widerrechtlich verwendet. Es gehe dabei um die Anwendung von Mobilfunk-Übertragungsstandards für GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) und W-Lan-Standards.

Rundum bleibt zu konstatieren, dass der Kampf um Marktanteile im äußerst boomenden und gleichzeitig lukrativen Smartphone-Markt nun eine neue Arena gefunden hat: internationale Gerichtssäle.

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Nokia sues Apple in Delaware District Court for infringement of Nokia GSM, UMTS and WLAN patents
October 22, 2009

Espoo, Finland – Nokia 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 EUR 40 billion 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 EUR 40 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry’s strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families. Nokia 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.

About Nokia
Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world’s leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways – fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

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