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iPhone patent battle could delay Nokia s60

Nokia and Apple set for touchscreen stand-off

Nokia's efforts to launch new touchscreen-based handsets to compete with iPhone may be hampered by Apple's aggressive moves to protect its patents, according to a UK analyst.

London-based analyst Richard Windsor told MarketWatch that he expects Apple to protect its patents as Nokia works on a new s60 model that will feature touchscreen technology. Apple CEO Steve Jobs left little doubt that Apple was fully prepared to protect its technology when he introduced the iPhone in January 2007. Describing the iPhone's touchscreen display as far more accurate than any touch display, Jobs added, "And boy, have we patented it".

Windsor predicts that Nokia will release a touchscreen s60 in the second half of 2008.

While a court battle is certainly an option in this situation, Windsor thinks that Nokia will more likely try to enter an agreement with Apple for the technology.

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