ITC Staff Sides with Nokia Over Apple as Trial Begins

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No doubt lost amidst the mid-term elections on Tuesday was another battle brewing in Washington between Nokia and Apple as the mobile device makers are about to have their day in court before the International Trade Commission.

Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia is already getting favor over Apple, at least in the eyes of the U.S. International Trade Commission who claim that “the evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple’s patent rights in a pre-hearing memo released on Monday.

As you’ll recall, Apple is making its case before the ITC in an effort to block imports of certain Nokia products into the United States, alleging that they are infringing on four patents held by Cupertino. Among these are patents for the way a device boots up and another related to power management.

The first stage of the trial kicked off in Washington, D.C. on Monday and is only the beginning of a veritable wave of such patent disputes currently before the ITC over smartphones — including Nokia’s own case against Apple, Apple’s case against HTC Corp. and Motorola Inc. and even Microsoft’s pending case against Motorola.

The ITC staff seems to feel that “some aspects of the patents were invalid and others weren’t infringed.” ITC judge Charles Bullock isn’t expected to rule on the claim until February, and it’s important to note that the judge is under no obligation to follow the ITC staff’s position. The judge’s ruling is also subject to review by the six-member commission, who is expected to complete the investigation by June of next year.

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