Nokia, Apple Settle Patent Disputes


Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Apple have resolved their patent disputes, but Apple's disputes with Motorola, Samsung and HTC are still outstanding.

In the Nokia-Apple settlement, Nokia appears to be the winner. Apple will make a one-time payment to Nokia as well as pay ongoing royalties to Nokia for the term of the agreement. The term and other details were called confidential.

Both companies will also drop all patent litigation against each other and will withdraw their respective complaints before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The agreement, Nokia said, is expected to have a positive financial impact on the company's recently revised second-quarter outlook, which forecasts around break-even operating margin for Nokia's devices and services business.

The settlement "enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," said Stephen Elop, Nokia president/CEO.


started the fight

in October 2009 when it filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple in Federal District Court in Delaware, contending all iPhones, from the first ones shipped in 2007, infringe on 10 Nokia patents. Apple countersued, and Nokia counterpunched with a complaint to the ITC that "virtually all" of Apple's cellphones, iPods and computers infringe on Nokia patents. Nokia asked the ITC to bar the importation of the infringing Apple products.

Earlier this year,

Apple filed a lawsuit

in a California federal court against Samsung, alleging the Korean electronics manufacturers' Galaxy S smartphones and its Galaxy Tab knock off the look and feel of Apple's competing products.

Samsung fired back at Apple, filing lawsuits in overseas courts alleging that Apple violated 10 of its smartphone and computer patents.

In early 2010, Apple filed twin

lawsuits against HTC

for allegedly infringing on 20 patents related to the iPhone's "user interface, underlying architecture and hardware." Suits were filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

 Last October, Motorola Mobility launched three patent suits against Apple over the same patents. Apple countersued.


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