US ITC staff support Nokia in smartphone case with Apple

3 Nov 2010

Staff from the International Trade Commission have come out in support of Nokia, saying the Finnish technology giant shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple smartphone patents.

Apple is asking the International Trade Commission to block imports of Nokia’s phones into the US on the grounds that they are allegedly infringing at least four patents.

Separate to the Nokia case, Apple is currently suing HTC and Motorola over phones that run on Google’s Android operating system.

In terms of the Nokia case, Nokia is challenging Apple over infringement and validity of the Apple patents around booting up devices and power management.

International Trade Commission staff said in a memo yesterday that the evidence from Apple will not establish a violation.

They said that some aspects of the patents were invalid while others weren’t infringed.

A judgment is expected in February.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years