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Patent Fight Between Nokia And China’s Lenovo Settled

Patent Fight Between Nokia And China’s Lenovo Settled
A patent fight between Finland’s Nokia and China’s Lenovo Group that has been going on for a couple of years now has been settled between the companies. The settlement essentially also resolves all pending litigation across all jurisdictions that have been going on between the firms, the two companies announced on Wednesday.
Lenovo is the biggest PC maker of the world.
The Finnish telecom equipment maker said that the Chinese company will have to make a net balancing payment to Nokia as a part of the deal even though it was not made clear by any of the companies about the terms of the cross-license agreement which were kept confidential by them.
No financial details were provided by a Nokia spokesman who was approached by the media.
A legal battle against Lenovo was launched in 2019 by Nokia in which the Finnish company charged the Chinese firm with infringement of its patent for 20 video-compression technology. The cases were filed in the United States, Brazil and India in addition to filing of six cases in Germany.
A case against Nokia was also filed by Lenovo in a court in California.
A court in Munich had ruled in September last year that one of the patents of Nokia had been infringed by Lenovo while also ordering an injunction on the Chinese firm and a recall of products from the company’s retailers. However a German appeals court had stayed that order later in November.
“The global accord struck will enable future collaboration between our companies for the benefit of customers worldwide,” said John Mulgrew, chief intellectual property officer of Lenovo.
There are about 20,000 patent families, including over 3,500 patent families declared essential to the 5G technology standard are owned by Nokia. A deal with Samsung for licensing patents covering its innovations in video standards was struck by Nokia last month.
Ericsson, the Scandinavian rival of Nokia, is also engaged in ongoing patent disputes with Samsung and KPN NV, the largest Dutch telecommunications company.
The original law suit against Lenovo involved Nokia alleging that dozens of Lenovo laptops and tablets had infringed over more than 20 Nokia patents – all of which were essential to complying with the International Telecommunication Union’s H.264 Advanced Video Coding standard, also known as MPEG-4 part 10.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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