Nokia just restarted a major legal war with Apple. The Finnish company accuses the iPhone producer of having violated several of its smartphone patents.
Lawsuits in Germany and the US
This Wednesday Nokia had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple. The former mobile phone market leader sues Apple for violating 32 technology patents. The company filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany as well as in Texas in the US. The lawsuits cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.
Roots of the fight are in the past
With those step it is striking back on a fight the two companies had in earlier days when Nokia still produced phones itself. Meanwhile it has sold its phone production to Microsoft and is now focusing on the technical development of mobile networks instead. “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.”, Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said.
Manufacturers back at war
This is a new uprise in the patent war among smartphone producers. It had just gotten quiet again around patent fights in the industry. Until recently Apple was involved in a legal dispute with market leader Samsung. The patent war had started in 2011. At that time Apple accused Samsung of copying both technology and design of iPad and iPhone for its own product development. The two companies went to court in various countries. Meanwhile only one case in the US is still ongoing in which Samsung is trying to avoid a payment to Apple of 100 million Dollars.