Nokia Is Suing Apple Over Wide-Ranging Patent Infringement

The former king of mobile phones, Nokia Corp (NYSE:NOK), is suing the current king, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), over alleged patent violations in both the U.S. and Europe.

Nokia filed several complaints today, all of which allege that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents.

Apple had licensed a number of patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio back in 2011, but subsequently has declined to expand its licensing to include more patents that Nokia claims Apple infringes upon with several of its products.

These complaints have formally been filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. They include 32 patents in the lawsuit, which cover a range of technologies including display, user interface (UI), software, antenna, chipsets and video coding. Nokia said it will file more actions in other jurisdictions as well.

Nokia commented via press release:

“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.”

Apple has not yet commented on the allegations, but we can reasonably expect a full denial.

Nokia shares were initially halted in Wednesday afternoon trading but have since resumed. Both Nokia and Apple shares were mostly flat on the news.

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