In late October, Nokia sued Apple for alleged infringement of ten patents related to mobile phone technology. Last Friday, Apple filed its answer, defenses, and counterclaim, containing the usual denials and defenses and the claim that "to the extent [Nokia's patents] are construed by the court as essential . . . Nokia is obligated by commitments it made to Standards Setting Organizations . . . to license those patents on Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory . . . terms." Apple also filed a counterclaim asserting that Nokia infringes thirteen Apple patents. In an introductory statement, Apple states that Nokia's suit is an "attempt by Nokia to leverage patents previously pledged to industry standards [and] an effort to free ride on the commercial success of Apple's innovative iPhone while avoiding liability for copying the iPhone and infringing Apple's patents."
Nokia Corporation v. Apple Inc., 1-09-cv-00791 (DED December 11, 2009) (Apple Inc.'s Answer, Defenses, and Counterclaims)