Apple-Nokia War Reaches Next Stage; Both Reach Court Following Controversial Patent Infringement Allegations

January 17th, 2017   admin   Business Tags: ,

Well, they’re at it. Again. Nokia and Apple take each other to court in the much controversial patent infringement allegations case. Several years after the lawsuits between Nokia and Apple were mutually settled, both the companies now return to sue each other.

Following the longstanding rivalry between Apple and Samsung that ended in recent times with a Supreme Court decision in favor of the latter, Apple is now again in court against the Finnish cell phone manufacturing giant, Nokia.

Here’re the quick highlights.

  • Years after the legal matter between Apple and Nokia was settled, the companies are now again playing the payback game in court to sue each other.
  • Soon after Apple sued Nokia and its collaborators, the latter filed a lawsuit against the US giant for supposedly stealing 32 of its patents.
  • Some of the 32 Nokia patents include patents for chipsets, video coding, user interfaces, antennas, displays, and software.
  • Out of the three lawsuits that Nokia filed against Apple, one is at the U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Texas and other two are in Germany.
  • According to one of the Apple’s spokespersons, Apple has always been willingly paying fair prices in order to secure their patent rights that mainly covers technology in any of Apple’s products.
  • However, Nokia fairly refused to license their patents, which is now trying patent troll tactics in an attempt to extort money from Apple.
  • On the same line, Apple also filed an antitrust case against some third-party players for being supposedly involved in a conspiracy of obtaining thousands of patents from Nokia as a part of their plans to extract and later extort outrageous amounts of money from Apple, which is totally unfair and non-competitive.
  • Apple considers that many other cell phone companies have also been the victims in similar cases.

Nokia’s recent statement reads, “Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio 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.”

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