Nokia sues Spanish mobile firm over copyright

4th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

4 November 2004, HELSINKI - Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, said on Thursday it had filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two of its competitors, Spain's Vitelcom and. Sagem of France.

4 November 2004

HELSINKI - Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, said on Thursday it had filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two of its competitors, Spain's Vitelcom and. Sagem of France.

Nokia said it had also sued the small Spanish handset maker Vitelcom on Thursday for using the Finnish firm's GSM and GPRS technology without authorisation and paying licensing fees.

In a separate move, Nokia is to take legal action against Sagem,  a leading French technology firm and maker of mobile phones, which in the first nine months of this year shipped some 15 million handsets, about 10 percent of Nokia's total during the same time.

It is particularly Sagem's top-of-the-line myX5-2 phone that Nokia says bears a semblance to their 6000 series of handsets.

"It is especially the look of the phone and certain of its features, so we have sued Sagem to stop the design infringement and asked them to pay damages," Rita Maard, a spokeswoman for Nokia said.

She declined to specify the amount Nokia was seeking from Sagem.

Nokia earlier this year set up a special unit to pursue infringements of its design rights, and the case against Sagem is the first result of the move.

Previously Nokia mostly went after the illicit use of its technology but has now stepped up the protection of its design rights too, Maard said.

"Nokia is investing a lot of money in both design and technology ... we want to be more active on this (design) protection side as well," she said, noting that similar cases were likely in the future.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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