Finnish mobile device manufacturer Nokia today filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that Apple is infringing on seven distinct Nokia patents in its iPhone, iPod, and Mac product lines.
Nokia says that Apple has used its patented technology to create key product features in terms of cameras, antennas, power management, and user interface. The technologies allow Nokia to create small devices, deliver longer battery life, lower their manufacturing costs, and provide better user experiences.
The complaint isn't the first shot in the war between the two mobile phone giants. In October, Nokia sued Apple over alleged infringement on GSM and wireless LAN patents. This month, Apple countersued Nokia, charging that Nokia was stealing technology from 13 Apple patents and attempting to obtain more money from Apple than other companies. Apple also charged that Nokia was also trying to obtain access to Apple's intellectual property with respect to the iPhone since Nokia had copied and is now using that technology.
Nokia has lost a tremendous amount of market share since the iPhone was released in 2007, and the company's profit margins are slim compared to those of Apple and BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion. The battle between Nokia and Apple is heating up, and it's only going to get more intense as Apple fights for more market share in the mobile phone world and Nokia tries to hold onto its former glory.