Nokia in patent royalties dispute


Nokia in patent royalties dispute

Antony Savvas

Nokia is involved in a patent royalties dispute with mobile hardware and software company InterDigital, over how much it should pay for using its technology.

The International Court of Arbitration, on behalf of the International Chamber of Commerce, has decided that Nokia should pay half of what InterDigital was claiming, but the Finnish phone maker is considering whether it should comply with the ruling.

Nokia had a 1999 agreement with InterDigital to use some of the company’s phone platforms for GSM and GPRS handsets. 

As well as disagreeing with the amount of royalties it should pay, Nokia claimed its favoured status under the agreement had been undermined when InterDigital sold similar technology to Sony Ericsson.

InterDigital has now filed an action in the US to enforce the arbitration.

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