Nokia, the freestanding company that still operates in Finland following Microsoft’s purchase of the Devices and Services Group, announced on Wednesday that it’s filing lawsuits against Apple for patent infringement in the United States and in Germany.
Nokia said it owns “tens of thousands of patents” that cover “many important technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices.” That statement sounds like a bit of chest-puffing from a company that seems like a distant memory to most consumers, but it’s true. Worse, Nokia says Apple has given it the cold shoulder each time it has tried to sell it a license to use the patents that it believes Apple is infringing on.
“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products,” Nokia’s head of patents Ilkka Rahnasto said on Thursday. “After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights.”
Nokia said it believes Apple is infringing on 32 total patents that are related to mobile “user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.” The company said it plans to sue in other jurisdictions, too.