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Nokia extends Apple patent battle

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nokia_logoNokia has today filed claims in the UK High Court, Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts in Germany and the District Court of the Hague, Netherlands, alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in many of its products sold in these countries, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s not the first time these two have butted heads over this issue…

Earlier in the year, Nokia filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five important Nokia 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 10 years before the launch of the iPhone.”

Nokia’s filing in the UK covers four Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures.

One filing in Dusseldorf, Germany covers seven Nokia patents related to touch user interface, antenna structures, messaging functionality and chipsets, while a separate filing in Mannheim, Germany covers five Nokia patents related to on-device app stores, caller ID, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s filing in the Netherlands covers two Nokia patents related to signal noise suppression and data card functionality.

Nokia said that none of the asserted patents have been declared essential to any wireless communication standard.