Nokia Corp. filed competing lawsuits over intellectual property used in the iPhone and other Apple products.
Today the Finnish company announced that it’s filed patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, as well as the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich in Germany. Across all these actions, Nokia claims Apple has infringed 32 of its patents, covering display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets, and video coding technologies.
It says that since agreeing to a license covering “some” of its patents in 2011, Apple “has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products” – and that’s the reason for these new lawsuits.
Nokia’s head of Patent Business, Ilkka Rahnasto, had this to say about the company’s complaints:
“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 an agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights”.
In 2011, Apple and Nokia settled a two-year battle over patent royalties for mobile phones. Nokia stopped manufacturing phones after that but kept patents related to that business.