Apple and Nokia row 'will rip off customers'

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A bitter rift between Apple and Nokia has escalated into a legal battle, with the iPhones maker claiming that consumers could be ripped off as a result of the spat.

In a revival of the “smartphone patent wars”, Nokia filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany and the US accusing it of violating a string of patents, including those relating to technology for video and displays. 

The Finnish firm said the two agreed licences in 2011, but claims that Apple has since declined subsequent offers to license “other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products”.

The claim came a day after Apple launched its own legal action alleging patent-holding companies colluded with Nokia to unfairly extract revenues.

An Apple spokesman told Reuters Nokia was using the tactics of a “patent troll” in “applying a royalty rate to Apple’s own inventions they had nothing to do with”.

The three companies had a “plan to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anti-competitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cellphones, and ultimately from the consumers of those products,” the legal complaint added.

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December 23, 2016 |
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