The legal battle between Apple and Nokia seems to be intensifying with Apple filling a fresh patent infringement complaint against Nokia, seeking to ban the mobile phone manufacturer from selling handsets in the US.
This move comes weeks after Nokia filed a similar complaint with the US International Trade Commission, asking the government agency to ban imports of Apple’s iPhone, iPod and MacBook products.
The latest lawsuit filed by the Cupertino based iPhone manufacturer is a part of a much bigger feud which started in October 2009, when Nokia complained to the ITC that Apple had infringed on 10 of its patents related to GSM and 3G mobile phone technology.
The world's largest mobile handset company demanded royalty payment for each of the 37 million iPhones sold since the device was launched. Apple later followed suit by accusing Nokia for infringing on 13 Apple Patents.
Meanwhile, a Nokia representative has responded to the lawsuit and has mentioned “Nokia will study the complaint when it is received and continue to defend itself vigorously. However this does not alter the fact that Apple has failed to agree appropriate terms for using Nokia technology."
Industry experts believe that this ongoing patent battle between Apple and Nokia is directly related to their pursuit for market share in the fast-growing and highly-profitable smartphone market.
As we wrote before, expect 2010 to be a roller coaster for Nokia and possibly less of a bumpy ride for Apple and its followers. The lawyers on both sides are likely to be the winners in this even fight between two of the biggest technology brands in the world.