Nokia and Apple sign patent license agreement, ending their second patent dispute

Nokia and Apple sign patent license agreement, ending their second patent dispute
Apple and Nokia have a long history of law disputes. Between 2009 and 2011 the two companies were at each other's throats, since Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement. The two-year battle ended with a settlement, which awarded Nokia a portion of the money for every iPhone sold to that date.

Back in December of last year, Apple filed antitrust lawsuits against some companies acting on Nokia's behalf, and the Finnish company answered with its own lawsuit directly against Apple. One one side, we had Apple, claiming that it has the right to use some Nokia patents, but the latter transferred the same patents to third-party patent assertion entities, in order to squeeze some cash from their tech. According to Tim Cook and company, this was “anticompetitive and abusive”. On the other hand, Nokia claimed that Cupertino company still owes it payments for patents used in Apple products.

Today, however, the two companies released a statement, saying that all litigation was settled, and they both agreed on a multi-year patent license. Additionally, Nokia will be providing “certain network infrastructure products and services” to Apple under a new business collaboration agreement between the companies. Apple, on the other hand, will resume the sale of Nokia health products, formerly known as Withings, in its retail and online stores.


Apple's COO, Jeff Williams also commented on the settlement. “We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia,” he said.

Details of the agreement are kept confidential, but the statement confirms that Nokia will receive an up-front cash payment from Apple, followed by additional revenue during the term of the agreement. The value of said agreement will be reflected as patent licensing net sales in Nokia Technology, as well as net sales in other Nokia business groups. Nokia confirmed it will continue to disclose its patent licensing revenue in its quarterly announcements, and expects the first money from the agreement to appear in its Q2 2017 report, so we might get some numbers then.

In the meantime, we're sure both companies are glad that the second patent dispute between them has been brought to an end much faster than the first.

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8 Comments

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

License agreement between companies are a win win for the customers.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Too bad Nokia is doing business with Apple!

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Too bad Nokia is doing business with Apple!" The same can be said of just about every other company who does patent-related business with Apple.

9. mrochester

Posts: 1032; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Why is it bad?

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

According to Tim Cook and company, this was “anticompetitive and abusive” Lol. Eat it!

6. Bixby

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

Good, end of story

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Too bad CrappIe is bound to go against the agreement later in the future and start their hypocritical lawsuit cycle again...practicing hypocrisy seems to be a top policy at CrappIe.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I now understand fully the brilliant of Apple tactics, they could sign any agreement on any price without the sincerity of paying for it. Apple just want to use Qualcomm tech to make iPhone first and plan to litigate later. Apple is truly innovative when come to litigation, they are the first to get away with suing tech giant Samsung with rounded corner design patent that buffed many legal expert and get a lot of free Samsung components in the process. Look like another first done by Apple situation. I bet now everyone is catching on and would not honour their agreement if they can litigate their way out of paying.

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