Apple and Nokia sign patent license agreement, Apple to pay Nokia on-going royalties

Ian Hardy

June 14, 2011 8:10am


Nokia and Apple have been battling it out for market share, and also in the courts over accused patent infringements. One of the cases stem back to 2009 with Nokia suing Apple over the iPhone infringing on Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. Nokia stated then that Apple is “attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation”.

Nokia has apparently spent over EUR 43 billion and has a collection of 10,000 patents. Today a press release went out stating the two companies have signed a patent license agreement, which results in a settlement of all patent litigation issues. No dollar amounts were released but they did note that Apple must hand over a one-time payment and on-going royalties to Nokia.

This changes everything. Steve Jobs probably isn’t the happiest CEO today, but Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop is. “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees. This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

Source: Nokia
Via: 9to5mac

  • MXM4K

    All is fair in love and patent wars.

  • caplin

    great news for the sinking giant. This may be a turning point.

  • Adam

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Where’s Vlad when we need him?

  • EmperumanV

    Its about time. Slowly Apple will have to pay royalties to other companies. Heh. This definitely made my morning.

    Also I agree with @caplin and @Adam.

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  • Dimitri

    Apple and Steve jobs will never win in count. Steve jobs thinks that all his money can protect him but now he is seeing that it can’t anymore. Every company will start sueing him and so on. It took year to do this but I am glad that Nokia did it and now get what they deserve. Like I stated in my other post I do not bash Apple for their products due that I have an I phone and iPad I am just saying how Apple thinks they can do what every they want and get away with it. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING… AGAIN

  • lolz

    +1 for Nokia!

  • Brian

    Good for Nokia, just a shame they haven’t made a phone worth buying in… 5 years.

  • Graham J

    It must be nice for Nokia to let one one last “yay” just before its ship sinks out of sight :)

  • go samsung sue apple down

    i guess apple will be paying samsung for patent infrigement soon as well. and so is icloud communication suing apple for using icloud name. man apple cant come out with their own ideas but must steal the ideas. thats why apple products are so expensive cause they must pay like 100 other companies for all the ideas

  • Rahul Aggarwal

    The patent war since 2009 between the two biggies has ended for good I assume. With Nokia having a low share market value, Elop must be elated with the settlement with Apple. Nokia deserves the price for its 20 years of innovation and nobody else should take a free ride on its research and development. I hope the “Finnish” company will now start off with its journey in the mobile communication industry in a better financial backup.

  • Vlad M.

    Looks like the judge is corrupt. Apple clearly presented evidence that it developed all of the core technologies used in todays phones. Yet the idiotic judge still thinks that Nokia innovates. Clearly the judge is an i***t since Nokia stole everything from Apple.

    Apple is the true innovator in the world!

  • slype

    The funny thing is the apple cultists will tell you that Steve Jobs was robbed and that he did in fact create all these technologies when he was 7 years old.

    They will also tell you that he eats unicorn meat sandwiches every day, owns a teleporter to a private moon resort and rides a dragon to work everyday.

    Note that his blind and loyal fans have also stated that when it comes time, they will drink his cool-aid and ascent to heaven.

    And that my friends is the truth. Apple loyalist are just that naive.

  • Sebhelyesfarku

    Mactards would buy even a turd with the Apple logo on it.