Stock Exchange Release
December 22, 2016 at 18:32 (CET +1)
Nokia expands patent litigation against Apple in Asia, Europe and the US
Espoo, Finland - Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21.
Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as 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
(* actions filed and announced on December 21).
As one of the world's leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property. Built on more than EUR 115 billion invested in R&D over the past twenty years, our tens of thousands of patents cover many important technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices.
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.
Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said: "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."
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