Former mobile phone giant Nokia has announced it is suing Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents. This happened a day after the Cupertino based tech giant sued two patent licensors and accused the Finish communications giant of colluding with them.
On Tuesday, Apple filed suit against Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management, both of whom license patents, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behaviour with Nokia to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly” from Apple and other smartphone makers.
Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in three courts in Germany — Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich — and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claim Apple violated 32 technology patents that cover displays, software, user interfaces, chip sets, video coding, antennas and other functions.
Nokia sold off its smartphone division to Microsoft in 2014, but that company has since shut down or sold off nearly all of those assets. However, Nokia still holds claim to thousands of patents under its Nokia Technologies division, which it says are being used in many smartphones, tablets and other products.
Nokia’s head of patent business Ilkka Rahnasto said in the statement: “Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products”.
“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,” read a statement from Nokia, which sold its handset business to Microsoft in 2014 in a $7.2 billion deal seen as a costly mistake for Microsoft.
This legal battle comes at a time when the brand Nokia is slated to return to the smartphone game in 2017.
Source : USAToday