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Nokia Hits Back at Apple Again With New ITC Complaint

Just days after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Apple has not violated any of five patents cited by Nokia in a complaint filed in October 2009, Nokia has turned around and filed a second complaint against Apple with the ITC. The complaint cites seven Nokia-held patents as being infringed by "virtually all" Apple products.

The seven Nokia patents in the new complaint relate to Nokia's pioneering innovations that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories.

This second ITC complaint follows the initial determination in Nokia's earlier ITC filing, announced by the ITC on Friday, March 25. Nokia does not agree with the ITC's initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case.

Nokia notes that it now has 46 patents at stake against Apple, many of them dating back to as much as ten years or more before the introduction of the iPhone. Most of those patents are already being litigated in cases underway in the United States and several European countries as the dispute between Apple and Nokia continues to escalate.