• Nokia Asks Court to Bar US Imports of iPhones, iMacs, iPods

    Further escalating an already hot legal war, Nokia last week asked a federal court last week to prevent Apple from importing pretty much every product it currently makes into the US, including most iPhone, iMac and iPod models. The Finnish cellphone manufacturer, largest in the world, already had sued Apple for patent infringement on the iPhone, and Apple countersued.

    The lawsuit is almost word-for-word the same as the complaint the Nokia submitted to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on December 29. That complaint also demanded that Apple be barred from bringing into the US any of the products - all manufactured overseas - that Nokia claimed infringed their patents.

    In the US federal court in the state of Delaware, Nokia asked for the equivalent of a legal neutron bomb to be dropped on Apple.
    Nokia prays for judgment and relief against Apple ... for a permanent injunction enjoining Apple, its officers, agents, servants, employees and all other persons in concert or participation with it from further infringement, contributory infringement, and inducement of infringement of the Asserted Patents.
    According to the lawsuit, most of Apple's product line infringes one or more of seven Nokia patents: the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS; the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod classic; the iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro desktops; and the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks.

    Nokia first sued the computer manufacturer in October, claiming that Apple's iPhone infringed on ten of its patents and said that Apple was trying "to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation." Apple slapped back at Nokia, suing them back in December and claiming that Nokia infringed 13 Apple patents.

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