avatarby John CallahamDecember 21, 20160 comments

Update (12/22): Nokia has just expanded its patent litigation against Apple in Asia, Europe and the US. There are now a total of 40 patents in suit, which are related to display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding. Cases have now been filed in:

  • Regional Court, Dusseldorf, Germany – 8 patents
  • Regional Court, Mannheim, Germany – 4 patents
  • Regional Court, Munich, Germany – 2 patents
  • Market Court, Helsinki, Finland – 3 patents
  • High Court, London, UK – 3 patents
  • Court of Turin, Italy – 4 patents
  • Patent and Market Court, Stockholm, Sweden – 3 patents
  • Commercial Courts, Barcelona, Spain – 1 patent
  • District Court, The Hague, Netherlands – 3 patents
  • High Court, Paris, France – 1 patent
  • High Court, Hong Kong – 1 patent
  • Tokyo District Court, Japan – 2 patents
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas – 18 patents
  • International Trade Commission, US – 8 patents

“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,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.

Original post (12/21): Nokia is clearly not wishing Apple a happy holiday season. The Finnish company has filed lawsuits in both the US and Europe against the Cupertino, California home of the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. The company claims Apple is using 32 of its patents in its devices without Nokia’s permission and is not paying the required royalties for their use.

Nokia sold off its smartphone division to Microsoft in 2014, but that company has since shut down or sold off nearly all of those assets. However, Nokia still holds claim to thousands of patents under its Nokia Technologies division, which it says are being used in many smartphones, tablets and other products. In today’s press release announcing the lawsuits, the company stated Apple did agree to pay for the use of some of its patents in 2011. However, it added that since then the company has been trying to get Apple to pay for the use of other patents it controls for the past few years. Those talks apparently went nowhere, so the company felt it needed to take its dispute to the court system.

Nokia stated the patents that it claims Apple is using, but not paying for, include ones relating to “display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.” So far, Apple has yet to officially respond to Nokia’s accusations.

This new legal battle comes to light as the Nokia brand is slated to return to the smartphone market in 2017. The company has licensed its name to HMD Global, who will be launching smartphones with the Nokia brand in the first half of the new year.