Nokia expands Apple patent infringement lawsuit to Europe

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Nokia has announced that it will expand its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple from the United States to courts in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that the iPhone maker used 13 of its patents without permission, such as one for basic gestures for touchscreens.

The 13 are in addition to the 24 patents that it claims Apple infringed in United States courts.

“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,” Paul Melin, vice president of intellectual property, said.

Nokia and Apple have traded lawsuits against each other in the past since October 2009, and since them, several other companies have jumped on the bandwagon to sue Apple for patent infringement for technologies used on the iPhone. Expanding the lawsuit to Europe means that Nokia is seeking quick resolutions and wins.

According to the New York Times, talking to an intellectual property lawyer, said that choices reflect that. Germany’s streamlined legal system means that patent infringement claims are resolved faster, while British courts are known for “legal discovery” – something that is not available in Europe mainland. The Dutch courts are also known to issue injunctions beyond borders in cases of patent infringement.

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