Nokia has filed 13 fresh patent complaints against Apple, in a new escalation of hostilities between the smartphone giants.
The new suits, which apply in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, bring the total number of filings Nokia has raised against Apple to 37 over the last 14 months. Apple, for its part, is contesting the claims and is countersuing the Finnish phone maker over here and in the US.
According to Nokia, the infringements relate to handsets that use a “wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content” or enable “access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store” – both of which it claims it patented more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone.
The latest developments in the spat come amid falling sales for Nokia in the high-end handset market, as consumers continue to shun its Nseries smartphones in favour of Android mobiles and iPhones.
Nail Mawston, head of wireless device strategies at Strategy Analytics research group, told the Guardian: "Nokia is on the back foot and may see any potential legal fight as a way of striking back at Apple.
"This is part and parcel of the patent wars in the industry where the market is really crowded. Nokia does have a pretty big patent portfolio and they want to keep that as strong as possible."