BBC news is currently carrying an article stating that “Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, has said that it is suing its US rival Apple for infringing patents on mobile phone technology for the iPhone.”
The patents alleged to have been infringed include wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption.
Nokia is not the first company to take issue with Apple over patents, with Creative Labs (creators of the Soundblaster sound cards) suing in 1996 over patent infringement relating to the interface on their Zen music players. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out.
Edit: The BBC article has been updated, and it appears that Nokia own the patents on quite a lot of mobile phone technology. This quote is central to the matter: “Finland’s Nokia said that it had agreements with about 40 firms – including most mobile phone handset makers – allowing them to use the firm’s technology, but that Apple had not signed an agreement.”