Not long after Apple counter-sued Nokia, the stakes of the battle have increased. Nokia is now claiming that Apple has violated its patents in almost all of its consumer electronics products. The US International Trade Commission has received word that Nokia believes Apple's iPhones, iPods and computers are all abusing Nokia's intellectual property rights.
Initially, Nokia claimed that Apple had violated patents including GSM and UMTS communications standards as well as security and encryption standards in its iPhone. Apple countered the lawsuit by saying that Nokia illegally copied 13 of its own patents and named the Nokia E71 as a device that completely mimics the iPhone.
Now struggling mobile giant Nokia claims that Apple has ripped off their antenna and power management technology, cameras and user interface. The lawsuit continues to claim that all of the technologies that have been copied illegally reduce manufacturing costs, prolong battery life and shrink the size of Apple devices.
Apple believes Nokia has stolen its technology for connecting iPhones to computers as well as touch-screen interfaces and teleconferencing patents. Nokia previously claimed that the iPhone infringed on 10 of its patents involving Wi-Fi and phone communications standards.Nokia is the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer with a 38 percent market share, however they are not expected to grow in 2010 due to strong competition.