Nokia sues Apple over alleged patent infringements in the US and Europe


Nokia has filed a number of complaints against Apple in Germany and the US, alleging that Apple has infringed a number of Nokia patents. The Finnish company says the complaint includes “32 patents in suit across all of the actions, covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

Nokia has filed these complaints with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The company is in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.

Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products, Nokia said in a statement.

Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said

Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights.

Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its patent infringement case against Apple. Meanwhile, Apple has filed a major antitrust case against Acacia Research Corporation and thereby Nokia for the use of “patent assertion entities” to garner additional patent money.


Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+