Nokia Sues Apple for Patent Infringement


Nokia said on Wednesday it is suing Apple for patent infringement, a day after the iPhone maker sued two patent licensors and accused the Finish communications giant of colluding with them.

In lawsuits filed in courts in Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Nokia claims Apple violated 32 technology patents that cover displays, software, user interfaces, chip sets, video coding, antennas and other functions.

“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,” read a statement from Nokia, which sold its handset business to Microsoft in 2014 in a $7.2 billion deal seen as a costly mistake for Microsoft.

On Tuesday, Apple filed suit against Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management, both of whom license patents, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behavior with Nokia to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly” from Apple and other smartphone makers.

Apple’s suit, filed in federal court in California, claims the companies “conspired with Nokia to use unfair and anticompetitive patent assertions to improperly tax the innovations of cell phone makers.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jon Swartz