Two of mobiles biggest players look set to go head to head in the courtroom after Nokia began legal proceedings against Apple for infringements made over the iPhone. Nokia claims that they have not been compensated for up to ten alleged patent infringements, including wireless data, speech coding, encryption and security. According to the BBC, Nokia has agreements in place with about 40 firms that allow them to use the firm’s technology. However, it would seem that Apple is not one of the 40.
We’ll have to wait and see if this saga does reach the courts, but it seems neither manufacturer is prepared it back down, with Apple so far refusing to be drawn into the debate. As Neil McHugh, managing Director of RightMobilePhone.com comments, “It will be very interesting to see Apple's reaction and we will be following the story closely. Mobile phone manufacturers will also be alerted and consumers may find that mobile technology slows pace and new handset announcements delayed until the results of this case become clear.” Nokia recently reported a quarterly loss for the first time in a decade, while Apple, thanks to massive iPhone sales, reported profits of over £1 billion.
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