Nokia claims victory in long-running patent battle with Apple


Nokia claims victory in long-running patent battle with Apple

Warwick Ashford

Nokia has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Apple to settle all patent litigation between the companies.

Nokia and Apple will also withdraw their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.

In January 2010, Apple responded to a Nokia complaint filed in December, alleging that Apple had violated at least seven Nokia patents in its iPhone smartphone as well as in portable music players and computers.

In October 2009 Nokia sued Apple in the federal court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringed Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN standards, and Apple countersued, claiming that Nokia was infringing 13 Apple patents.

In terms of the agreement, Apple will make a one-off payment to Nokia, followed by ongoing royalties for the term of the agreement, but no other details have been provided.

"We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees," said Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia. "This settlement demonstrates Nokia's industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market."

Nokia claims to have invested around €43bn in research and development in the past 20 years to build one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with more than 10,000 patent families.

The company says it expects the agreement with Apple to have a positive financial impact on Nokia's recently revised outlook for the second quarter 2011.

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