Apple cranks up the heat in legal battle with Nokia

The war between Apple and Nokia continues to intensify as Apple filed a new complaint with the ITC on Friday, according to a report from Reuters.

It all started last October when Nokia charged Apple with using its patented technology without paying royalties.

"Nokia will study the complaint when it is received and continue to defend itself vigorously," said a company spokesman.

"However, this does not alter the fact that Apple has failed to agree appropriate terms for using Nokia technology and has been seeking a free ride on Nokia's innovation since it shipped the first iPhone in 2007," he said.

Response to Apple’s iPhone has been sensational since it was first launched in 2007, and has even been dubbed by some as the "Jesus Phone," with its multi-touch screen and easy to use interface. With over 100,000 applications available for download, it’s not hard to see why the iPhone is so popular with consumers.

Nokia has stumbled quite a bit in the constantly changing smart-phone sector as Apple has gained ground against them in the September quarter, generating the highest total operating profit. Nokia still holds a higher percentage of the market in actual smart-phone sales.

The legal dispute, which could potentially involve hundreds of millions of dollars in annual royalties, court fees and other penalties, will likely take years to solve.

"This dispute is still in its infancy. I don't think Nokia is finished with evaluating the infringements by Apple, it might be just the surface," said Steven Nathasingh, chief executive of U.S. research firm Vaxa Inc.

No longer are cellular phones limited to simple voice and data services. With more powerful mobile phones entering the market every day, cellular phones have essentially become handheld computers that allow you to watch videos, talk on the phone, send e-mails, surf the internet, map co-ordinates via GPS, and so much more.

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