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The Legal War between Apple and Nokia Heats up as Nokia Strikes Back at Apple with 32 Counts of Patent Infringement


Report Updated December 22, 2016


Earlier today Patently Apple posted an in-depth report titled "Apple Files a Major Antitrust Case against Acacia Research Corporation Pointing to a Conspiracy with Nokia Corporation." After Apple launched their bombshell antitrust lawsuit involving Nokia patents, Nokia struck back within 24 hours with lawsuits filed in three German cities and in the Eastern District Court in Texas.


Today Nokia Corporation announced from Finland that they've "filed a number of complaints against Apple in Germany and the US, alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents.


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."


These actions have been filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with 32 patents in suit across all of the actions, covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.


Nokia is in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.


Dec. 22, 2016 Update: Nokia has added more patent to their case which now brings it to 40 patents in 11 countries


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