Deja vu: Nokia sues Apple over patent infringement
By Dan Moren
Apparently, the wheels on the lawsuit also go round and round. Nokia announced on Friday that it was suing Apple for intellectual property infringement. If you think you’ve just seen a glitch in the Matrix, don’t worry: this isn’t the first time the Finland-based company has taken legal action against Cupertino.
This most recent lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Federal court of the Western District of Wisconsin, sees Nokia targeting the iPhone and iPad 3G for infringement of five Nokia patents. The mobile phone maker has been kind enough to detail them in a press release:
The patents in question relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices.
Well, those all certainly sound like they describe aspects of the iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad. But couldn’t Nokia have included these allegations in one of its previous suits? After all, everybody likes a bundle deal.
If you’re having trouble following the whole tortured legal web, we don’t blame you. Allow us to present this condensed timeline of the legal machinations between the two companies.