Just as we predicted, the war has finally began.
Apple announced today that is countersuing Nokia for infringement of 13 patents. This is in response to the suit filed by the Finnish giant on October 22 claiming that Apple has infringed 10 of their patents.
“Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours,” said Bruce Sewell, Apple’s General Counsel and senior vice president.
In the suit, Apple denies that it has infringed Nokia’s patents. They did however, claim that it was Nokia who has violated their design and user interface.
“In response, Nokia chose to copy the iPhone, especially its enormously popular and patented design and user interface. As Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia, stated at Nokia’s GoPlay event in 2007 when asked about the similarities of Nokia’s new offerings to the already released iPhone: ‘If there is something odd in the world, we copy with pride.'” Apple states.
For the point-by-point response of Apple, you may visit here .
As of this writing, no response yet has been heard from Nokia. Will this really turn into an ugly court battle? Let’s stay tuned!