We last reported about Nokia suing Apple for patent infringements. Apple has already been a Nokia Patents licensee since 2011 and this patent licensing agreement ended on December 31 2016. Under terms of this agreement, Apple paid one time huge sum and was committed to pay ongoing royalties to Nokia.
Apple responded to Nokia’s litigation by removing Withings’ Products for its Apple store. Now, Nokia has sought some help from Samsung in fight against Apple. As you would know Apple and Samsung have been bitter competitors and have filled many IPR infringement cases against each other.
As per a document received by Patently Apple, Nokia is seeking documents and deposition testimony from Samsung in its case against Apple. Here is the Nokia’s formal request to the Court.
EXPEDITED MOTION OF PETITIONER NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A LETTER OF REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE
“Petitioner Nokia Technologies Oy (“Nokia”), the Complainant in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337- TA-1038 (“the Investigation”) before the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”), hereby moves the Court to issue, under its seal and signature, the attached Letter of Request to the Central Authority of the Republic of Korea. The Letter seeks documents and deposition testimony from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., based in the Republic of Korea. The evidence sought by Nokia is highly relevant to the Investigation and unobtainable by other means.
Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles E. Bullock, who presides over the Investigation, has issued findings that the Letter of Request seeks evidence relevant to the Investigation, is reasonably limited, and is timely to the Investigation. Based on these findings, Chief Administrative Law Judge Bullock recommends that the Court issue the Letter of Request. Additionally, due to statutory time limitations on ITC investigations, these requests are often granted expedited treatment and Nokia respectfully requests that the Court expedite the issuance of the Letter.
For these reasons, as explained in more detail in the accompanying memorandum, Nokia respectfully requests that the Court assign a Judge to this matter and issue the attached Letter of Request as soon as the Court deems appropriate.”