While Apple and Samsung are the go-to names when it comes to patent litigation, Nokia has just tipped its hat into the ring as well.
Nokia has announced that it has officially leveraged multiple complaints against Apple in courts in the United States and Germany, all of which focus on Nokia’s belief that Apple has infringed on several different patents. Apple and Nokia have been in talks for some time over licensing Nokia’s technology, but apparently these new complaints are due to the pair of companies saving a disagreement during those talks, particularly over licensing fees.
“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 agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights.”
At the same time, Apple has officially filed an antitrust lawsuit against different patent assertion entities, saying that it believes these entities are attempting to “collect excessive fees” for Nokia’s patents, with those collections being done through royalty demands and other lawsuits.
From Apple’s own lawsuit, as published by FOSSPatents:
“With its cell phone business dying, Nokia began to seek out willing conspirators and to commence its illegal patent transfer scheme in full force; that scheme has continued in full effect to the present. The driving force behind Nokia’s strategy was to diffuse its patent portfolio and place it in the hands of PAEs. Acacia and Conversant were its chief conspirators.”
Nokia has officially filed its lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, as well as in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich, Germany.[via FOSSPatents; Nokia]