Nokia is launching a law suit against Apple, claiming that two of its patents are being used on the iPhone without permission.
The New York Times reports that the iPhone uses the wireless communications standards GSM and UMTS, which were developed by Nokia as part of a global telecommunications consortium.
Nokia claims it has asked Apple to license its patents related to these standards, but Apple has refused to do so.
“By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation,” Ilkka Rahnasto, vice-president for legal and intellectual property at Nokia is quoted as saying in the New York Times.
Apple has declined to comment.
However, analysts point out that patent disputes in the electronics world are quite common and lawsuits often used as a negotiating tactic.