Nokia hasn’t been a serious contender in the mobile phone space for a few years now, but they certainly have patents that are being used. The company has filed some patent infringement lawsuits in both the United States and Germany against Apple in an effort to get paid. The patent infringement claims seem to have been going on for some years now with neither company willing to budge. With the two in a stalemate and unable to agree on certain issues, Nokia finally took the plunge into the patent infringement litigation world.
Nokia said since agreeing to a license covering some patents in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers to license its technology, which it said are used in many of Apple’s products.
In response, an Apple spokesperson said in part, “We respect intellectual property and we’ve always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products.
Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple’s own inventions they had nothing to do with.”
“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,” Ilkka Rahnasto, head of patent business at Nokia, said in a statement.
The lawsuits filed against Apple include areas covering technology in video coding, software, antennas, and even the user interface. Nokia stock took a dip after the filing went public, so it seems investors may not think this is a wise move to make against Apple. Patent infringement cases can last a long time, other companies are still locked in battles over patents in court.
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