Nokia sues Apple for infringing technology patents

The mobile telco industry goes on a war footing as Nokia files lawsuits against Apple for violating 32 technology patents. The move is a strike back at the iPhone maker's own legal action a day earlier.
A new Nokia 150 handset is seen in this handout picture provided by HMD to Reuters, Dec 13, 2016.
A new Nokia 150 handset is seen in this handout picture provided by HMD to Reuters, Dec 13, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Finland's Nokia said on Wednesday (Dec 21) it was suing Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents.

Apple sued Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management on Tuesday, accusing them of colluding with Nokia to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anti-competitively from Apple.

Nokia's lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.

"Since agreeing a licence 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," Nokia said in a statement.

Apple and Acacia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.