Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

Technology juggernauts Apple, Inc. and Nokia Oyj are preparing to plead their respective patent-infringement cases to the International Trade Commission (ITC) this week. In preparation for the court battle — which Bloomberg likens to two “800-pound gorillas fighting each other” — the publication is reporting that Apple is actively “recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp., and Broadcom Corp.” Nokia filed a complaint against Apple in October of 2009 claiming infringement upon several of its patents; Apple followed with a counter complaint shortly after. The hearings between Apple and Nokia this week kick-off a round-robin of patent litigation between Apple, Nokia, Motorola, and HTC. We’ll stay on top of this one and let you know of any major developments that occur.

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