Nokia sues Apple for breach of patent

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has issued a string of copyright claims against rival Apple in the UK, Germany and Netherlands.

Nokia: sues Apple for breach of patent
Nokia: sues Apple for breach of patent

Nokia has issued 13 claims against Apple. The company believes Apple has taken developments that gives users "compelling" user experiences, and put them centre-stage on their iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone products.

The new claims are in addition to the 24 already filed in the US.

Paul Melin, vice president, intellectual property at Nokia, 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 10 years before the launch of the iPhone."

Nokia has filed claims in the UK High Court, Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts in Germany and the District Court of The Hague, Netherlands.

The UK claims cover four Nokia patents related to touch user interface, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression and modulator structures.

In Dusseldorf, claims cover seven Nokia patents related to touch user interface, antenna structures, messaging functionality and chipsets.

In Mannheim, claims cover five Nokia patents related to on-device app stores, caller ID, display illumination and the integration of multiple radios.

In The Hague, claims cover two Nokia patents related to signal noise suppression and data card functionality.

Nokia claims it has invested more than €40bn in research and development in the past 20 years, and has 11,000 patent "families" – those registered in several countries.

The company remains the top selling mobile phone brand, but has been losing market share to competitors Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and others as consumers upgrade to smartphones.

Nokia appointed Jerri DeVard as its top marketing executive last month, and the company has been actively investing in its Ovi app store to create new apps, as they have been shown to drive sales.

Nokia launched a series of legal cases against Apple early last year claiming Apple used its intellectual property unfairly in many aspects of its touch-screen products. Apple then counter-sued in the US and both firms have appealed to the US International Trade Commission to prevent imports of each others products.

Apple also filed claims against Nokia in the UK in September.