Patent dispute between Nokia and Apple settled
14 Jun, 2011
The legal dispute between Nokia and Apple has been ended thanks to a technology licensing agreement between the two firms.
Nokia said: “The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies.”
Apple was sued by Nokia for patent infringements back in 2009, extending the action at the end of last year. Apple then countersued, claiming Nokia had infringed its patents.
However, Nokia said Apple had agreed payment to use its technologies, and Apple said the deal covered both companies’ patents.
Following this latest agreement, Nokia chief executive, Stephen Elop said: “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees.
“This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”
According to the BBC, Apple said the two firms had agreed to ‘drop all of our current lawsuits and enter into a licence covering some of each other’s patents, but not the majority of the innovations that make the iPhone unique’.
Apple added: “We’re glad to put this behind us and get back to focusing on our respective businesses.”