Apple has faced a slew of lawsuits this year and overall the picture was not so good for the company. Now Nokia said it is also suing Apple for patent infringement. Yes, Nokia filed lawsuits in the court in Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming Apple to have violated about 32 technology patents. These patents cover user interfaces, displays, software, antennas and other functions. This lawsuit from Nokia is coming just a day after Apple sued two patent licensors and accused Nokia of colluding with them.
According to Nokia, the two companies had signed a licensing agreement in 2011. However, since then it looks like Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions. Do make a note that these inventions are being used in many of Apple’s products. To this, Nokia’s head of patent business, Ilkka Rahnasto said that they are simply trying to reach an agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, after several years of negotiations. He also said that they are now taking actions to defend their rights. This certainly seems like Nokia is trying to be fair here.
As mentioned earlier, one day before this lawsuit came from Nokia, Apple had filed a lawsuit in federal court in California. It claimed that the companies conspired with Nokia to use unfair and anticompetitive patent assertions, in order to improperly tax the innovations of cell phone makers. Apple said that the Finnish company refused to license their patents on a fair basis. It also says that now Nokia is using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple. This around again it looks like it is going to be a long fight against the company and this is again coming just after the five years long battle with the South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung, which Apple won by the way.
As of now, we don’t have any details regarding the same, so we just have to wait and see how things are going to pan out. With that said, if you want to know more about this, then we suggest you stay tuned to PhoneRadar for details on the same as we will update once we have more info.