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Apple Sues Nokia Over Scrolling Technology Patent

Apple has sued rival phone-maker Nokia in the UK, alleging that a patent infringement claim related to scrolling technology on touch screen phones is invalid.

In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, Nokia spokesperson Mark Durrant said that the lawsuit, filed in London's High Court, involved one of seven patents that Nokia had cited in a suit against Apple in September 2010 in Germany.

Nokia and Apple have been locked in a fierce patent battle since 2009, covering patents in the US the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. Overall, Nokia has filed lawsuits against Apple alleging infringement on of a total of 37 patents.

“Nokia is confident that all of the 37 patents it has asserted against Apple. We are examining the filing and will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights,” Durrant said in the e-mail.

Apple has yet to comment on the matter.

The Cupertino-based computing giant has maintained from the beginning of the dispute that Nokia is using the infringement suits to force access to the iPhone's technology.