Judge freezes Apple and Nokia case

A Delaware judge has told Apple and Nokia to hold fire until other related cases are concluded.

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A judge in Delaware has stopped a patent infringement case in his court between Apple and Nokia, in order to let a host of other cases conclude.

Nokia and Apple also have a case before the American International Trade Commission (ITC), which is also looking at Apple's suit against HTC over mobile phone tech - including that found in Google Android phones.

Nokia first kicked off the battle in October, saying Apple needed to pay up for using its patented technology. Apple and Nokia have since filed suits against each other with the ITC, accusing each other for stealing tech.

Last week, Apple turned around and sued HTC for allegedly infringing 20 patents, including the tech in phones running Google's Android.

"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said at the time. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

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