Nokia Lobs More Patent Claims at Apple - Over iPad This Time

Lora Bentley

Nokia just keeps piling on the infrigment claims in its intellectual property lawsuit against Apple. Bloomberg reported Friday the handset maker has added a fifth patent complaint to the mix - this one concerning technology used in the iPad.

 

According to Bloomberg:

The five patents in the newest complaint relate to enhanced speech and data transmission, and antenna configurations that improve performance and save space.

 

A Nokia spokesperson indicates they are unrelated to the patents at issue in the International Trade Commission and in federal court in Delaware. Nokia's Mark Durrant says he expects this most recent suit, which was filed in federal court in Wisconsin, to come to a close within a year and a half at the latest.

 

The company's general manager of patent licensing, Paul Melin, says:

We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia's innovation.

 

MKM Partners anaylst Tero Kuittinen calls the claims being made by Apple and Nokia "one of the broadest clusters of patent litigation" in the world of smartphones in a decade.



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