Nokia strikes patent deal with Apple, ending legal dispute
Nokia and Apple have struck a patent license deal, and agreed to drop all litigation around intellectual property
The multi-year licensing agreement will see Nokia provide
certain network infrastructure products and services to Apple. In return, the
iPhone-maker will continue to stock Nokia’s digital health products, acquired
when it bought Withings last year, it its stores.
The deal will see Nokia receive an upfront payment, although
neither company disclosed the value of the agreement.
The two companies, once major rivals in the mobile devices
market, will also explore other opportunities for future collaborations in
digital health. This will include future summits between top executives from
both Apple and Nokia.
“This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple,”
said Nokia chief legal officer Maria Varsellona. “It moves our relationship
with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the
benefit of our customers.”
It brings to an end a relatively short patent dispute
between the two that flared up at the end of 2016, when Nokia sued Apple
claiming it had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user
interfaces and video encoding.
It is the latest in a long line of patent for Apple, which
has been locked in a long-running battle with Samsung over IP.
“We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we
look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia,” said Apple
chief operating officer Jeff Williams.