ITC Agrees on Nokia for Partial Review of Patent Case Against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to a partial review of Nokia’s patent case against Apple which it lost in March, according to Bloomberg. Nokia is the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones.

Nokia alleged that Apple infringed claims on five of its patents; however, a judge ruled that was not the case. The ITC has now agreed to a review of the ruling on two of the patents by its full six-member commission. The ITC will let stand the rest of the finding that Apple didn’t violate three other Nokia patents.

The ITC said it would focus the review on the meaning of specific terms in two patents. Espoo, Finland-based Nokia is seeking to block U.S. imports of the iPhone, one of two cases it lodged against Cupertino, California-based Apple with the ITC.

One of the patents under review relates to a way to improve the quality of speakers and antennas while keeping them small. The other is for reducing the space and energy consumed by having a camera on the phone, according to the complaint.

Apple Claims:

Apple has its own claims against Nokia before the ITC, which has the power to halt imports of products that violate U.S. patents, and in federal court. Its ITC claims were split into two cases, with results expected June 24 and Aug. 5. Apple also has pending allegations in civil court accusing Nokia of trying to strong-arm Apple into providing access to proprietary iPhone technology.

Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, declined to comment. Officials with Nokia didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

The case is In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Portable Music Players and Computers, 337-701, and the newer Nokia case is In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Mobile Tablets, Portable Music Players and Computers, 337-771, both U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington).

Apple’s cases are In the Matter of Mobile Communications and Computer Devices, 337-704 and In the Matter Of Certain Personal Data and Mobile Communications Devices and Related Software, 337-710.

[ Via bloomberg ]

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