Sat, December 12, 2009
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Apple countersues Nokia over phone patents

2009-12-12 09:59:27 GMT2009-12-12 17:59:27 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

FILE - In this July 21, 2009 file photo, a customer displays an Apple iPhone 3GS at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. Apple Inc., announced Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, it is suing cell phone maker Nokia Corp. for patent infringement, a countermove to Nokia's earlier suit against technologies used in Apple's iPhone. (AP Photo)

Apple Inc. is suing cell phone maker Nokia Corp. for patent infringement, a countermove to Nokia's earlier suit against technologies used in Apple's iPhone.

Apple's lawsuit claims Nokia is infringing on 13 of Apple's patents, and says the Finland-based company chose to "copy the iPhone," especially its user interface, to make up for its declining share of the high-end phone market.

Nokia's lawsuit, filed in October, claims that Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple infringes on 10 of its patents covering both phone calls and Wi-Fi access.

The patents Apple alleges Nokia is infringing deal with, among other things: connecting a phone to a computer, teleconferencing, menus on a touch screen, power conservation in chips, and "pattern and color abstraction in a graphical user interface." The company also denies Nokia's claims of patent infringement.

In a statement, Nokia said it will review the claims and respond "in due course."

Apple said Nokia fell behind in the smart phone market because it chose to focus on old-fashioned cell phones with conventional user interfaces at a time when "smart" phones were growing increasingly popular.

Countersuits are a staple of patent litigation, which often ends in cross-licensing agreements. Nokia said in October that 40 phone manufacturers — but not Apple — have licensed the patents in its lawsuit.

Both suits were filed in federal court in Delaware.

U.S.-traded shares of Nokia rose 25 cents, or 2 percent, to close at $12.81, and Apple's shares fell $1.76, to $194.67.

(Agencies)

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