Nokia Sues Apple Over Use of GSM Technologies
Nokia said Thursday that it is suing Apple in the Delaware District Court for infringing patents on mobile phone technologies. Nokia claims that it has not been compensated and said Apple had “a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”.
Nokia claims that Apple is infringing ten patents related to Global System for Mobile communications, or GSM; wireless local area network, or WLAN; and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, or UMTS.
“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.”
Nokia says that it has agreements with around 40 other mobile phone manufacturers allowing use of Nokia’s technologies but Apple is not one of them.