Nokia Accuses Apple of 'Legal Alchemy' in Lawsuit

Lora Bentley

Last week, Apple's iPhone developer agreement raised hackles. This week, Apple's intellectual property litigation has reared its ugly head again. But for once it's not the HTC suit. It's Nokia's.

 

Computerworld reports the Finnish handset maker has asked the federal court hearing its dispute to throw out Apple's antitrust claims. Nokia argues they are Apple's attempt at "legal alchemy" in an effort to detract from the real issue. From the court filing:

These non-patent counterclaims are designed to divert attention away from free-riding off of Nokia's intellectual property...Through what charitably could be called an attempt at legal alchemy, Apple employs revisionist history, misleading characterizations, unsupported allegations and flawed and contradictory legal theories to turn these fruitless negotiations into a multi-count federal lawsuit.

 

The whole thing began last fall when Nokia sued Apple for infringing 10 patents related to the iPhone. Apple then countersued, also alleging patent infringement along with the antitrust claims about which Nokia is now complaining. Nokia has also filed a similar complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

 

Computerworld's Gregg Kaiser notes a jury won't see the original case for at least two more years, according to a recently published schedule.



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