Nokia sues Chinese rivals for copying phone design

 – 28/06/2006 08h48 – AFP

HELSINKI, June 28, 2006 (AFP) – Mobile phone maker Nokia said Wednesday it was suing two Chinese rivals for copying the design of its 7260 mobile phone model.

The Finnish company said it had initiated a civil litigation in Beijing against Shenzhen Telsda Mobile Communication Industry Developing Co. Ltd and Song Xun Da Zhong Ke Electronic (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd, both of which are Chinese phone manufacturers based in Shenzhen.

Nokia accused the companies in a statement of "manufacturing and selling mobile phones that copy the proprietary and legally protected industrial designs of the Nokia 7260 mobile phone model."

It also named the distributors of the mobile phones as co-defendants in the case.

The Nokia 7260 is a GSM/GPRS triple band phone with camera.

The company has asked the Beijing court to order the defendants to cease manufacturing and selling the mobile phones and pay monetary damages and costs.