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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[email protected] 12/22/2016 | 7:13:26 AM
Deep dive... And on the Helsinki exchange Thursday morning, Nokia stock is trading down more than 5%... 
DanJones 12/22/2016 | 10:35:13 AM
Re: Deep dive... Ouch!
[email protected] 12/22/2016 | 11:38:41 AM
And seemingly undetered... Nokia expands its suit Nokia expands patent litigation against Apple in Asia, Europe and the US 


DEC 22 -- 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."
danielcawrey 12/23/2016 | 11:07:42 AM
Re: Deep dive... Is Nokia even a mobile phone company anymore? At least in the US, people don't buy Nokia smartphones. This move seems like an effort to keep the company afloat. I'm sure it has patents to defend... but what else is left?
DanJones 12/23/2016 | 1:15:17 PM
Re: Deep dive... They make feature phones.
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.
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.


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
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.
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.
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