What are most of these skirmishes about? Patents and licensing terms mostly. Those with patents want more money out of those licensing technology. And if parties don't agree it quickly turns into a court skirmish. Nokia and Apple are exhibit A of this trend.
On Friday, Apple returned fire and delivered its complete response to the Nokia complaint. The big difference this go round: Apple is playing the antitrust card.
Apple argues that Nokia didn't disclose its intellectual property rights in a timely manner and now Nokia has monopoly power over five areas that essentially make a wireless phone work. Apple alleges that Nokia misled standard setting groups so it could ensure its inventions were included in Wi-Fi, wireless transmissions and similar technologies. Apple adds that Nokia's patent claims on devices that use GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and WLAN standards will raise prices for all.