Nokia Sues Apple Over 32 Patents

Nokia's shares took a dive Wednesday afternoon after the Finnish networking vendor announced it is suing Apple over alleged patent infringements.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has filed suit in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The vendor says there are 32 patents at stake across the actions, covering displays, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

Nokia did sign a patent agreement with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) in 2011 but nothing since then. Nokia says that it has since acquired the patent portfolios of NSN (2013) and Alcatel-Lucent (2016) and that its "patented inventions" are "used by many of Apple's products."

"Since agreeing to 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 in a statement.

This follows Apple filing suit against Acacia Research Corp., accusing it of colluding with Nokia to extract exorbitant revenues from the iPhone maker.

Nokia's shares were trading at $8.42 -- down 1.53% -- Wednesday afternoon. Apple was up 0.26% at $117.26.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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LawD 12/27/2016 | 4:38:01 PM
Re: And seemingly undetered... Nokia expands its suit Filing in the Eastern District of Texas? Anyone still want to argue that they aren't acting like a patent troll?
brooks7 12/26/2016 | 11:16:46 AM
Re: Deep dive...  

And yet Rambus made products....including those that used those patents.  That is not trolling.  It is enforcing your rights.  I note that Rambus sued Samsung and since I know you are a Samsung Troll and that you attack other companies out of hand.  For example, your commentary about Nokia's future in your post.


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TV Monitor 12/24/2016 | 1:16:31 PM
Re: Deep dive... brooks7

The example of Silicon Valley's most famous patent troll Rambus would prove otherwise.

Rambus did invent most of patents it used to troll on real chip vendors.

So yes, the definition of a patent troll is a company whose use of patents to generate value is litigation, not an actual product.

Nokia of 2016 fits this definition of a patent troll perfectly.

And Nokia has no choice but to become a patent troll to survive, since Nokia no longer makes phones and its market share in basestation is shrinking, so much so that Nokia would become a marginal player in 5G era.
brooks7 12/24/2016 | 10:48:20 AM
Re: Deep dive...  

A patent troll is one that generally never had any engineering that invented the patent in the first place.  They buy patents and then enforce them.  Nokia was developing and therefore spent R&D dollars to develop those patents.  Very different situation.  So, vendors are never patent trolls.  Otherwise practically all companies that enforce or trade patents are trolls.  Because you will find patents in all of their portfolios that they drop on the table that they are not using.  That is part of the game played between the lawyers.

TV Monitor 12/23/2016 | 6:59:37 PM
Re: Deep dive... brooks7

A vendor that manufactures product that uses the patent is not a patent troll.

A vendor that doesn't manufacture anything that uses the patent, but the primary source of income is litigation and licensing fee is a patent troll.

Nokia is therefore a patent troll for mobile phones.
TV Monitor 12/23/2016 | 6:57:36 PM
Re: Deep dive... Dan Jones

From your own link

"Nokia.com/phones website is operated by HMD Global Oy, the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones and tablets."

Nokia doesn't make phones anymore.
DanJones 12/23/2016 | 4:55:41 PM
Re: Deep dive... TV Monitor. You're wrong, check their website, just like I did before I wrote that. Top item, introducing the new Nokia 150: https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-150
brooks7 12/23/2016 | 3:20:41 PM
Re: Deep dive...  

So if you own a patent and enforce it you are a troll?

How about Samsung publishes all designs with all packages publicly, since Intellectual Property has no value.


TV Monitor 12/23/2016 | 1:58:53 PM
Re: Deep dive... Dan Jones

Nokia doesn't make feature phones, they sold the entire phone business to Microsoft for $7 billion which then wrote the purchase off two years later.

At this time, Nokia is essentially acting as a patent troll, because they have tons of WCDMA/LTE patents to take advantage of.
DanJones 12/23/2016 | 1:15:17 PM
Re: Deep dive... They make feature phones.
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