Nokia sues apple over iPhone

Nokia, the world’s top handset maker, today filed a lawsuit against rival Apple, alleging that its iPhone infringes on 10 of Nokia’s patents.

The Finnish company said the patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and affect all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.

“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, Nokia’s Vice President for Legal & Intellectual Property. “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.”

Nokia said it had invested $60 billion in research and development.

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