Nokia files suit against Apple for patent infringement

Nokia has announced that it has filed several complaints against Apple in Germany and the U.S. alleging infringement of a number of Nokia patents. The patents in question cover what Nokia refers to as “fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices” such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets, and video coding. A total of 32 patents are currently listed in the suit, and Nokia says it is in the process of filing “further actions” in other jurisdictions. Nokia claims that it has tried to reach an agreement with Apple for “several years” to license Apple’s use of the patents, and is now taking legal action as a last resort. According to Nokia’s announcement, Apple agreed to a license to cover some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, but has “declined subsequent offers” by Nokia to license other patents that are “used by many of Apple’s products.”
Apple last tangled with Nokia back in 2009 against claims that the iPhone infringed on Nokia’s patents for GSM, UMTS, and wireless LAN standards. Apple launched a countersuit against Nokia later that same year, claiming that the Finnish company was infringing 13 of Apple’s own patents, and accused Nokia of not agreeing to license “industry standard” patents under “fair and reasonable terms” but instead trying to “gain an unjust competitive advantage” by “charging unwarranted fees” for its patents.

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