* Part of larger legal row between the top cellphone makers
* Nokia says investigating the claims
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By Tarmo Virki, European technology correspondent
HELSINKI, Sept 28 Apple (AAPL.O) has sued Nokia
NOK1V.HE in Britain, extending the two technology giants'
legal battle over patents beyond U.S. borders.
"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
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
The Finnish company said Apple owed it royalties for using
Nokia technology that allows such basic mobile tasks as sending
email or downloading applications.
The U.S. trade body 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.
A spokesman for Apple in Britain was not immediately
available for comment.
Shares in Nokia (NOK.N) were 0.3 percent lower at $9.78 by
1717 GMT, while Apple shares were 1.2 percent lower at $287.56,
hurt by rumors its No. 2 executive Tim Cook was departing for
Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N). [ID:nN28185533]
(Reporting by Tarmo Virki, Paul Sandle in London, Tom Hals in
Wilmington, Delaware, and Gabriel Madway in San Francisco;
Editing by Will Waterman)