Nokia strikes patent deal with Apple, ending legal dispute

James Pearce
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Nokia and Apple have struck a patent license deal, and agreed to drop all litigation around intellectual property

The multi-year licensing agreement will see Nokia provide certain network infrastructure products and services to Apple. In return, the iPhone-maker will continue to stock Nokia’s digital health products, acquired when it bought Withings last year, it its stores.

The deal will see Nokia receive an upfront payment, although neither company disclosed the value of the agreement.

The two companies, once major rivals in the mobile devices market, will also explore other opportunities for future collaborations in digital health. This will include future summits between top executives from both Apple and Nokia.

“This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple,” said Nokia chief legal officer Maria Varsellona. “It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers.”

It brings to an end a relatively short patent dispute between the two that flared up at the end of 2016, when Nokia sued Apple claiming it had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding.

It is the latest in a long line of patent for Apple, which has been locked in a long-running battle with Samsung over IP.

“We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia,” said Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams.