Nokia is suing Apple for using mobile technology patents without consent, infringing ten patents in the process. The BBC has more:
Nokia said it had not been compensated for its technology, and accused Apple of “trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”. The ten alleged patent infringements involve wireless data, speech coding, security, and encryption. Apple’s shares dipped after news of the action broke.
The breaches applied to all models of the iPhone since its launch on 2007, Nokia added. Finland’s Nokia said that it had agreements with about 40 firms – including most mobile phone handset makers – allowing them to use the firm’s technology, but that Apple had not signed an agreement.
“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia. “Apple is also expected to follow this principle.”
He added that during the last two decades, Nokia had invested approximately 40bn euros (£36.2bn; $60bn) on research and development. Earlier this month, Nokia posted its first quarterly loss in a decade amid falling sales.
This sounds like a desperate move by Nokia to slow Apple or regain market share. What stopped them from suing earlier? (Update: They get more money if they stall. Thanks, commenters.)