Technology - - Dec 22,2016
Finland based Nokia Corp. announced on Wednesday that it has filed complaints against Apple in Germany and the US, allegedly for breaching 32 technology patents.
The claims cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding. Nokia’s suing has triggered simmering tension between the companies into a bitter public legal battle on multiple fronts.
Nokia said that Apple had agreed for a license covering for some of the patents from Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, but since then, Apple has declined ensuing offers made by Nokia to license its other patented inventions that it alleges Apple to be using in a number of its products.
Apple said that Nokia has refused to license its patents on a fair basis and is now trying to use tactics of a ‘patent troll’ to try to extort money from Apple. It added that Nokia is trying to take royalty from Apple and that too for inventions that Nokia has nothing to do with.
The two tech giants had been involved in a number of stiff legal battles between 2009 and 2011 over the patents for the technology that they used in their mobile phones. At that time, Nokia was continuing to hold its position of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, but the likes of Samsung and Apple’s iPhone were rapidly gaining hold in the market.
The two companies had settled in 2011, with Apple making an undisclosed one-off payment, and making further royalty payments for using Nokia’s technology. Eventually, Nokia sold its mobile phone business to US based Microsoft in 2014, though earlier this year it said it would re-enter the mobile phone business by licensing its technology and brand name to a new Finish firm named HMD, which will be manufacturing Nokia branded phones once more.
At present, Nokia have been filed case in the three regional courts in Düsseldorf, Munich and Mannheim in Germany and the U.S. District Court in Texas.