Cellphone companies have long stated that there is no proven link between mobile phones and health problems such as brain tumors. Despite this, they have been secretly working to develop devices that will reduce the amount of radiation absorbed by the brain.

Patents filed in the U.S. by Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola show that these companies have been working on protective devices for their cellphones for almost a decade. The earliest patent was filed in 1993.

Two Nokia applications, filed in 1995 and 1998, admit that in the ?worst case? it has been suggested that malignant tumors could develop from cellphone use. While the patent states that this has not been scientifically verified, it says that the ?uncertainty? is affecting the ?speed of growth? of the mobile phone market.

Cellphone companies are facing lawsuits from consumers in the U.S. and the U.K. Simon Best, editor of the English newsletter ?Electromagnetic Hazard and Therapy,? says that ??They have been denying there is a problem for so long, yet at the same time they have been developing these.?

A spokesman for Nokia says, ?Patenting innovations is standard practice for all aspects of technology within the industry and antennas are no exception to this rule. Nokia is continuously striving to improve all aspects of its product design.?

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