“The saber rattling continues today ahead of the ETSI’s vote on the future of the nano-SIM standard later this week, a vote that has significantly different proposals from Apple and a consortium of Nokia, Motorola, and RIM in the mix,” Chris Ziegler reports for The Verge. “So far, we’ve heard that Apple would license patents relevant to its proposal royalty-free — a claim which Nokia swiftly bashed, claiming Apple has no relevant patents to license.”

Ziegler reports, “Now, Nokia is threatening the ETSI that it will refuse to license patents it holds that it believes to be essential to Apple’s proposal should that design be selected over its own, once again saying that the design simply ‘does not meet ETSI’s technical requirements and which would be inferior for consumers and the mobile industry, unnecessarily increasing the cost of mobile devices.'”

“As for FRAND concerns, Nokia nips that conversation in the bud, saying that this tough new language has ‘no impact’ on the company’s existing FRAND commitments for other wireless standards managed through the ETSI,” Ziegler reports. “In other words, Nokia’s saying, ‘pick our standard or no one gets a nano-SIM.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re sure the lawyers are giddy with anticipation (of their new lake houses, ski villas, and ocean-going yachts).

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