The mobile telco industry goes on a war footing as Nokia files lawsuits against Apple for violating 32 technology patents. As Hayley Platt reports, the move is a strike back at the iPhone maker's own legal action a day earlier.
It no longer makes handsets after selling that part of the business to Microsoft two years ago. But Finnish firm Nokia still has its patents to protect. In what looks like a tit for tat spat - Nokia has accused Apple of violating 32 patents including user interfaces, software and video coding technology. And it's taking legal action. It comes a day after Apple also took legal action against Acacia Research Corp and Conversant Intellectual Property Management. Apple says they colluded with Nokia to unfairly extract and extort exorbitant revenues. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER, CEBR, VICKY PRYCE, SAYING: "The smartphone market is becoming terribly competitive but of course there is also the whole issue of them becoming quite global, are they paying the right amount of tax? which of course is worrying everyone. Cleaning up their act of course is going to be quite important but for the moment they're all vying for market share." Nokia handsets once dominated the global market. But it was slow to transition to smartphones. Leaving the way clear for Apple with the iPhone in 2007. Nokia is now looking to re-enter the handset market. It's signed a 10-year licensing deal with HMD after they bought Nokia's feature phone business from Microsoft earlier this year. Nokia plans to introduce a number of new smartphone models sometime next year.