Apple vs. Nokia: Patent War Starts

Back in October 2009 a war irrupted between Nokia and Apple, the conflict stemmed from smartphone patents where each company claimed infringements against the other.

It was Nokia that first brought forward the legal team to sue Apple over 10 patents with the company’s iPhone. However Apple didn’t lie down and roll over, they added a counter maneuver sighting that it was Nokia in violation of 13 of their patents.

Well this week saw the start of the legal conflict in front of the International Trade Commission; this according to PC Mag could have a detrimental effect on either party if they were to suffer a loss.

Both companies will lose the right to market their products in the U.S. if they fail to win, this would mean that the losing side would have to seek permission from the other to gain licensing rights in order to continue distributing their products.

For Apple this is just the start of their problems, as they are already set for a legal dispute with Motorola and HTC. Apple is said to have been readying its self for the long road ahead by upping its legal team before the case starts, adding experienced people in order to secure the correct result.

Will you be following these cases? We will certainly keep you informed of any outcome as soon as it becomes available.