Nokia today announced that it has filed suit against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.
In a press release today, Nokia said that the 10 patents in the suit relate to technologies fundamental to making devices that are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and WLAN standards. The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by 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," stated Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president of legal and intellectual property at Nokia.
"Apple is also expected to follow this principle. 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," Rahnasto stated.
There was no immediate comment from Apple before press time.