Feeds

Apple jumps the pond in Nokia fight

Adds blighty court to world tour

The Power of One Infographic

Apple has started legal proceedings against Nokia in the UK, turning the ongoing dispute between the two companies into a transatlantic affair.

Reuters reports that Apple is citing the same patents it's already accused Nokia of infringing in the USA, related to touch-screen and interface techniques.

Nokia, meanwhile, has complained that Apple is infringing its patents on radio, interfacing, camera use, antenna design and just about everything else, with both companies seeking the involvement of the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the hope of getting some action before the 2012 court date.

That's for the Delaware hearing, though the UK action isn't expected to progress much faster. Some time next year the ITC will decide if either company has a case to answer, and could ban US imports of infringing devices, which would be critical for ether company, though more damaging for Apple given Nokia's limited US presence.

The ITC are already regular visitors to Cupertino, given that it has still to rule on infringing accusations from HTC and Elan Microelectronics, either of which could see the iPhone banned from US stores in theory.

The reality is that these companies compare patent stacks, with the owner of the smaller stack handing over some money to the owner of the larger stack. Court hearings and threatening noises are just a preamble to that, ideally getting a few of the opposition's patents thrown out to reduce their stack before getting down to business.

Adding a UK action isn't surprising: everyone loves to visit London on occasion, though they'll no doubt be hoping the hearing can be postponed until the summer months when the capital is looking its best. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.