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Nokia again sues Apple over patents, this time in Europe

Nokia and Apple’s patent infringement fight started in October 2009. The Finnish mobile-maker sued iPhone-maker for infringing on 10 of its patents in the U.S. District Court of Delaware.

It seems like Nokia is not ready to give up on its patent fight against Apple anytime soon as the Finnish company has sued US-based smartphone maker for fresh patent infringement cases, this time in European countries like UK, Netherland, and Germany.

Nokia in its official statement on Tuesday said, it has added 13 new patents to its previous list of 24 patent infringement claims already filed in the U.S. court and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Apple.

While commenting on this new move, Nokia vice-president for intellectual property, Paul Melin 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 ten years before the launch of the iPhone.”

Reportedly, Nokia has filed two patent infringement cases against Apple in Netherlands, four in the UK, and seven in Germany.

Apple that countersued Nokia last week for infringing on 13 of its patents, stayed unavailable for comment.

About Nokia, Apple fight
Nokia and Apple’s patent infringement feud started in October 2009. The Finnish mobile maker sued iPhone maker for infringing on 10 of its patents in the U.S. District Court of Delaware.

Apple counterattacked by suing Nokia for infringing on its 11 patents in December 2009. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s General Counsel, went one step further when he said in a statement, "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours."

Nokia has filed two patent infringement cases against Apple in Netherlands, four in UK, and seven in Germany.

This angered Nokia and it ended up filing another complaint, this time with ITC, claiming that Apple is virtually infringing on Nokia’s patents “in all its mobile phones, computers and portable music players.”

Nokia also requested that court should bar Apple from importing its products like Mac, iPhone and iPod, until the matter is resolved. Apple countersued Nokia with ITC in 2010.

Clever move
Nokia was the undisputed king of the smartphone market worldwide until Apple debuted on the scene in 2007 with its iPhone that immediately became everyone’s favorite and tossed other products out of the race.

Ever since Nokia is busy trying to reclaim its territory, however, has not succeeded. Then it started suing Apple for patent infringement.

Market experts keeping tabs on this litigation battle believe that this time around Nokia has made a clever move by filing its complaint in Europe,
considering, all three countries are known to solve these kinds of cases faster than courts in the United States.

Usually, companies involved in these kinds of lawsuit settle out-of-court, however, Nokia and Apple hardly seem to be in mood to opt for an out-of-court settlement any time sooner.