Now Nokia is taking Apple to court for patent infringement. Ten different patents, to be precise. Nokia claims Apple has neglected to license Nokia's technology including the GSM and UMTS communications standards the iPhone uses.
Nokia along with other companies such as Samsung and Ericsson have invested billions in the development of the two standards. Nokia alone claims to have invested $60 billion in the technology and has licensed the patents to 40 different wireless device manufacturers.
Typical royalties from licensing would net Nokia $12 per iPhone sold by Apple. Since Apple sold 7.4 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2009, Nokia would have raked in $88.8 million in royalties for that quarter alone.
Apple has stated they intend to "defend the case vigorously." Apple's legal teams are currently working on 47 patent infringement cases directed at the company.Some of the other patents Nokia is claiming are infringed include security and encryption technologies used by the iPhone. Nokia's suit says that all models of the iPhone sold since the original iPhone was released in 2007 are guilty.
Ericsson, Qualcomm and Interdigital all have patent licensing deals with Apple and receive royalties on iPhone sales.