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December 16, 2010

Nokia files patent infringement suit in UK, Germany, Netherlands against Apple

These patents include several phone features that enable compelling user experiences

By CBR Staff Writer

Nokia has filed claims in the courts of UK, Germany and the Netherlands alleging that Apple infringed on Nokia patents in many of its products sold in these countries, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Nokia said that 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.

Nokia Intellectual Property vice president Paul Melin said 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 ten years before the launch of the iPhone," Melin said.

The filing in the UK covers four Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures, while the filing in the Netherlands covers two Nokia patents related to signal noise suppression and data card functionality.

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

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

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