Nokia has announced that they have filed a legal suit against Apple in Europe and the USA, alleging that Apple's iPhone and other devices infringe on Nokia’s device patents and other intellectual property.
According to a statement issued by Nokia, the patents in question involve mobile device displays, chipsets, and software, among a list of other patent infringements.
Nokia indicated that following their acquisition of full ownership of Nokia Siemens Networks in 2013, and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, they own "three valuable portfolios of intellectual property. Built on more than EUR 115 billion invested in R&D over the past twenty years", These portfolios include tens of thousands of patents that apparently cover many technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices.
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. After several years of negotiations trying to reach an agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights. Ilkka Rahnasto, Head of Patent Business, Nokia
Nokia further alleges that Apple agreed to a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011 but have since declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products. The lawsuits cover 32 patents and have been filed with the regional courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
This is not the first time Apple is entangled in a lawsuit with one of their competitors as earlier in 2016, the US Supreme Court agreed with Samsung in its patent infringement case against the American company.
Nokia has also indicated that they are in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.