Nokia: Apple iPad Also Violates Our Patents

Nokia Corp. (NOK) on Friday upped the ante in its lawsuit against Apple Inc. (AAPL) when it put the new iPad on the list of patent-infringing products.

Nokia first accused Apple’s iPhone of patent infringement last October. But once the iPad went international, Nokia complained to a federal court in Wisconsin that the tablet computer, too, uses Nokia’s intellectual property. The Finland-based company further added five patents to its allegations. Nokia said those relate to enhanced speech and data transmission, applications data-positioning and antenna configurations.

“These patented innovations are important to Nokia’s success as they allow improved product performance and design,” Nokia said in a prepared statement.

Nokia is the world’s largest handset maker but the popularity of the Apple iPhone could threaten that ranking.

Apple has denied the iPhone patent-infringement allegations, countersuing Nokia in the process, and has yet to comment on the latest accusations.

Shares of both companies were down in late-morning trading, although that could be attributable more to the European debt crisis and Thursday’s unexplained stock plunge than to the lawsuit.

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