First Nokia sued Apple. Then Apple sued Nokia. Last week, Nokia went to the International Trade Commission and requested a ban on the importing of infringing Apple products. Today, Apple asked ITC to ban the importing of infringing Nokia products.
This game of patent-infringement ping pong dates back to October, when Nokia first sued Apple for violating 10 patents, including holdings related to GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN. About a month and a half later, Apple countersued, claiming that Nokia was attempting to steal their technology. Since then, both sides have filed further lawsuits claiming further patent violations of various sorts.
This week, the squabbles staged has moved to the International Trade Commission. A few days ago, Nokia requested that the ITC ban the importing of any and all Apple products, from MacBooks to iPhones, that make use of the patents in question. Today, Apple fired back, requesting the same ban on Nokia's mobile phone imports.
The ITC's evaluation process takes 15 months, so don't worry about these companies' products disappearing from shelves anytime soon. But Apple's latest filing reminds us that we shouldn't expect this this legal game of anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better to go away anytime soon. [Bloomberg]