Nokia (NOK) has initiated a civil litigation in Beijing against two companies for manufacturing and selling mobile phones that copy the proprietary and legally protected industrial designs of the Nokia 7260 mobile phone model.

Two of the named defendants in the case are Shenzhen Telsda Mobile Communication Industry Developing Company and Song Xun Da Zhong Ke Electronic Company, both of whom are Chinese phone manufacturers based in Shenzhen.

Nokia has also named the distributors of the mobile phones, Beijing Tongwanbao Commerce & Trade Company An Wai Avenue No. 2 Branch and Beijing Xin Tongwanbao Commerce and Trade Company, as co-defendants in the case.

None of the accused companies have made public statements about the case.

In its complaint, Nokia requests the Court to order the defendants to cease manufacturing and selling the mobile phones that copy the protected designs and pay monetary damages and costs which are the usual remedies requested and granted in these types of cases.

This action is part of Nokia's continuous efforts to protect its brand value and proprietary designs against infringers. Nokia vigorously protects its intellectual property and is ready to take action when its rights are violated.

The lawsuit is now being handled by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court which accepted the case filing of Nokia on June 12, 2006.

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