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Nokia Won’t License “Essential” Patents If Operators Adopt Apple’s Nano-SIM

by Todd Haselton | March 28, 2012March 28, 2012 1:00 pm PDT

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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) will vote later this week on whether or not to adopt Apple’s proposed nano-SIM technology. So far Apple has European operators on board, but it has received backlash from Nokia over the proposed standard. Apple has offered to license the technology for free, if approved, but Nokia doesn’t believe Apple has the ability to offer those licenses. Now, the Finnish phone maker is threatening to stop licensing its own “essential” patents if ETSI does indeed decide to adopt Apple’s proposed new SIM technology.

“We believe that Apple is mis-using the standardization process, seeking to impose its own proprietary solution on the industry and using ETSI merely to rubber stamp its proposal, rather than following established principles and practices,” Henry Tirri, Nokia’s executive vice president and chief technology office said in a statement Wednesday. “We urge ETSI members to resist this behaviour, which is not in the best interests of the industry or, more importantly, of consumers.”

“Nokia holds more than 50 patent families covering SIM related technologies that we believe may be essential to Apple’s proposal,” the company said in its statement. “We have informed ETSI that, if Apple’s proposal is selected, then Nokia will not license its relevant patents to that standard.”

[via The Verge]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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