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Nokia Takes On Apple, Is That A Sign Of Desperation?

Nokia's decision to take on Apple on home grounds, in European courts, may be seen as a desperate attempt by the Finnish company to take down Apple before the Cupertino-based company squeezes it out of the smartphone market.

The 13 patents covered in the filings in three European countries cover such a wide range of features that it will give lawyers on both sides much to discuss over the next few months.

Apple has simply been much better than Nokia at churning out technology that simply works. For example, it was the Nokia 5500 Sport which back in 2006 introduced the concept of accelerometers to the mobile market.

The lawsuits could therefore mean that Nokia is looking to force Apple to sign a wide-ranging cross licensing agreement that would cover a number of key features or stump up licensing money rather than competing with it in the open market.

The latest round of complaints is the fourth from Nokia against Apple since 2009 and comes as Apple counter-sued Nokia for alleged patent infringements as well.

Although Nokia remains the leader when it comes to worldwide volume shipments, it has come under attacked from Android and Apple in the middle and top end of the mobile phone market.

Apple has instead focused on revenues per smartphone shipped which means that a single iPhone sold can bring in as much money as one hundred Nokia 1616 entry level handsets.

Nokia announced plans to cut 800 jobs in Finland, a few days ago, as it reabsorbed the Symbian Foundation, which transitioned to a licensing body, citing "changes in global economic and market conditions".

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.