Finnish cell phone giant Nokia has sued Apple, claiming the iPhone violates ten patents covering GSM, 3G WCDMA and WLAN technology. Nokia claims since 2007 the iPhone violated wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption. The lawsuit apparently stems from Apple’s refusal to license the technology from Nokia.
“By refusing to agree to appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation,” the company wrote in legal papers filed in Delaware’s Federal District Court. Forty companies, including “all the leading mobile device vendors” have agreed to Nokia’s licensing terms, according to the complaint.