Apple sues Nokia in the UK

It’s rotten luck for Nokia, which is now being sued in the UK by Apple.

According to Reuters the two companies, which have been battling it out in the US over patents, have now taken the spat beyond US borders and into Blighty.

“We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United States,” said Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant.

The two firms have been locked in a legal tussle since last October, when Nokia sued Apple in the United States, arguing the iPhone-maker was getting a “free ride” on technologies patented by Nokia since 2007.

It said Apple owed it royalties for using Nokia technology that allows basic mobile tasks such as sending email or downloading applications.

Nokia also said that a number of patents had been trampled on in the creation of the iPhone, including components that handle encryption, wireless networking and speech processing -we may not have believed this had we not heard that Nokia had a smartphone ready before Apple.

However, Apple decided to get its own back in December countersuing Nokia and claiming that it had infringed on some of its patents.

Nokia however, wasn’t having any of this and in May claimed that Apple was infringing on five further patents in the iPhone and iPad.

The US trade body, the  ITC is set to decide on some of the claims between the two companies next year, while the key court hearings are scheduled for 2012 in Delaware.

Now the case has moved to the UK we can’t see any answers anytime soon. If our gran could get hold of the companies she’d bang their heads together.