Nokia is suing Apple [AAPL] and they have alleged that the Apple iPhone infringes patents forGSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.
Nokia have listed 10 different patents in their suit which include technologies which are fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and Wireless LAN standards, the patents include cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption.
Nokia are saying that Apple has infringed these patents since they launched the first iPhone in 2007, and with all subsequent models they have released.
“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.
The lawsuit has been filed with the Deleware District Court, it will be interesting to see how this turns out, whether Nokia actually have a case or not.