Nokia sues Apple over iPad and iPhone 3G

Nokia has sued Apple for allegedly infringing on five “important” patents with its popular iPhone and iPad 3G.

According to Nokia spokesperson Paul Melin, the disputed patents relate to technologies for enhancing speech and data transmission.

“[The technologies] use positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing [for] smaller and more compact devices,” explained Melin.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices. We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”

Meanwhile, Casey Johnston of Ars Technica noted that Nokia was likely interested in receiving royalty payments from sales of the iPhone and iPad – rather than demanding a full injunction. 

“This would afford Nokia a 1 to 2 percent cut from each sale, or about $6-12 per iPhone and $10-17 per iPad,” added Johnston.