More Details on Nokia's Latest Complaints Against Apple Surface
Last week, Nokia filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming infringement of its patents by "virtually all" Apple products. The complaint was an extension of an earlier lawsuit filed by Nokia over the iPhone, one which was met with strong denials and a countersuit from Apple, citing infringement of its own patents.
Engadget today notes that the text of the complaint and a corresponding federal lawsuit have been made public, revealing that Nokia has requested that the ITC go so far as to ban the import of virtually every Apple mobile product.
The biggest bombshell so far is the ITC complaint, in which Nokia's asking the commission to ban imports of basically every Apple mobile product from the MacBook to the iPhone for infringing its device patents -- a strategy we've seen in other high-profile cases. Since the ITC has the ability to move quite quickly, we'd expect that case to be the primary battleground for the moment -- but remember that Apple has plenty of its own incredibly broad patents of its own to fight back with here, so don't expect a quick resolution.
As noted by Nokia Views, the ITC complaint as part of its argument quotes Apple CEO Steve Jobs as having claimed that the company has "always been shameless about stealing great ideas." The salvo is a clear response to Apple's earlier quoting of Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki's comments that his company is willing to "copy with pride."