Apple Countersues NokiaS

Last October, Nokia sued Apple for a 10-patent infringement. Today, Apple has sued back while snubbing Nokia with this awesomely catty one-liner:

"Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours." That was the only official Apple statement we've yet seen on the matter, by Bruce Sewell, Apple's General Counsel and senior vice president.

Apple is countersuing Nokia for 13 infringing patents. That's three more than Nokia. And it's hard to imagine Nokia coming back at Apple with any less than 18 at this point.

UPDATE: For those interested in the claims themselves, they're here.

Apple Countersues Nokia

CUPERTINO, California-December 11, 2009-Responding to a lawsuit brought against the company by Nokia, Apple® today filed a countersuit claiming that Nokia is infringing 13 Apple patents.

"Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours," said Bruce Sewell, Apple's General Counsel and senior vice president.

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