Nokia Corp announced on 21st Dec that it would sue Apple for having violated its 32 technology patents. This strikes back a legal action that Apple had began on Tuesday against Nokia and Acacia Research with claims that the two had colluded to extort money from Apple.
Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.
Via a statement on its website, Nokia said that Apple has from time to time declined requests to “license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products.”
“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,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.
Between 2009 and 2011, both Nokia and Apple were involved in legal battles as the two disagreed over the technologies integrated in their mobile phones.
That was a time when Nokia was comfortable as the world’s number one mobile manufacturer, with Apple constantly undermining it.
The tit-for-tat battles were settled via an agreement that saw Apple make one-off payment (figures kept secret) and also made more royal payments so that it could integrate Nokia technology in its devices.
In 2014, Microsoft purchased Nokia’s phone business segment although the firm announced a come-back to the mobile phone world.
Nokia has arrived at a 10-year deal with HMD, a new Finish firm that will once again make Nokia-branded phones. It is expected that the once a world giant will introduce smartphone models in 2017.