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Nokia files patent suits against Apple Saveri | , 11:02 a.m. Oct. 23, 2009 2009-10-23

No love lost between mobile giants Nokia and Apple as the Finnish company has slapped infringement lawsuits against the iPhone manufacturer for violating 10 of its patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards, in the Federal District Court in Delaware.

The official statement issued by Nokia said, "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."

In particular, Apple violates patents related to wireless data, speech coding, security, and encryption. The Finnish giant has signed license agreements with 40 other companies for the use of technologies mentioned in the lawsuit against Apple.

Nokia is expecting Apple to pay up the royalties for the patented technologies that every iPhone model has used since the smartphone was introduced in 2007.

Nokia said that during the last two decades Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families.

"Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation," Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property said in the statement.

Apple has declined commenting on pending legislations.

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