The ongoing Apple and Nokia legal battle has ended, with Apple agreeing to pay Nokia to license unspecified patent technologies, and both companies dropping all ongoing patent litigation. Though the exact amount of Apple's payments - and other details around the deal - are unknown, Nokia has confirmed that it will consist of a one-time payment followed by ongoing royalties.
"We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees" CEO Stephen Elop unsurprisingly says, before going on to predict that having access to Apple's purse will have a "positive financial impact" on Nokia's Q2 2011 financial results. The company slashed projections at the tail-end of May as its Symbian portfolio floundered.
The legal spat between the two companies has been ongoing for some years now. Nokia filed a suit back in October 2009 alleging patent infringement, and Apple swiftly responded with claims of its own. That escalated to respective demands that the ITC block Apple and Nokia imports. Nokia argued that Apple had impinged on IP covering multi-tasking OSes, data sync technology, positioning, call quality and the Bluetooth accessory systems.
In return, Apple suggested that "companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just stealing ours." Both firms added to the roster of complaints as the years - and the legal bills - accumulated.
As well as dropping any ongoing patent litigation, both Apple and Nokia will withdraw their US International Trade Commission complaints.
Apple payments to Nokia settle all litigation and have positive financial impact
Stock exchange release
June 14, 2011 at 08:05 (CET +1)
Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.
The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement. The specific terms of the contract are confidential.
"We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees," said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Nokia. "This settlement demonstrates Nokia's industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market."
During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 43 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry's strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 10,000 patent families. Nokia is a world leader in the development of handheld device and mobile communications technologies, which is also demonstrated by Nokia's strong patent position.
This agreement is expected to have a positive financial impact on Nokia's recently revised outlook for the second quarter 2011 of around break-even non-IFRS operating margin for Devices & Services.
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