Nokia sued Apple company saying the iPhone maker infringed several mobile patents, transforming simmering tension between the two into a bitter public legal fight on multiple fronts.
The Finland-based company said Apple agreed to license patented inventions in 2011 however has refused to develop those agreements that are currently expiring. Nokia filed complaints with the German Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, and in federal court in Texas.
The dispute is established in Nokia’s demise as the world’s biggest phone maker. Since offering its handset business, the company has concentrated on networking. It’s now tapping its patent portfolio as an income source, rather than as a cross-licensing tool protect its own products.
Intellectual property business of Nokia added patents through its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, making it a more significant profit contributor. In the third quarter, technology unit of Nokia, which licenses its patents, generated about 40 percent of the company’s total adjusted working benefit.
Nokia’s shares fell 4.8 percent to 4.50 euros at 10:22 am. in Helsinki, extending their decrease this year to 32 percent. Apple company progressed 0.1 percent to $117.06 in New York.
Apple said in an emailed statement that Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple’s own inventions they had nothing to do with.
Nokia and its Alcatel-Lucent USA unit filed two claims Wednesday against Apple in federal court in Marshall, Texas, claiming patent violations related to products including the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac PCs and digital media players, for example, Apple Tv.
In the first complaint against Apple, Nokia said Apple “steadfastly refused” to license its patents for video coding at set up industry rates. The second complaint blames Apple of infringing 10 patents, many of which deal with transmitting and amplifying radio signals.