In today’s hugely competitive technology market, there is bound to be many instances where one company knowingly or unintentionally uses a patented technology without the consent of the patent owner.
In a recent sparring match between two major players in the mobile phone manufacturing industry, Nokia Corp (“Nokia”) threw the first blow in October when they filed a suit against Apple Inc (“Apple”) for allegedly infringing 10 of its patents. The technology covered by these patents includes both phone calls and Wi-Fi access.
Apple has since responded by counter-suing Nokia, claiming infringement of 13 of its patents. Most of these patents are clustered around technology related to the iPhone, such as: connecting a phone to a computer; teleconferencing; menus on a touch screen; power conservation in chips; and “pattern and color abstraction in a graphical user interface”.