Daimler and Nokia have been fighting over patents for automobile cell phone equipment for years. Now the companies have reached an agreement.
In a mobile communications patent dispute between Nokia network equipment company And the automaker Daimler There is an out-of-court settlement. Both companies announced Tuesday that they have signed a patent licensing agreement in this regard.
Under this contract, Nokia licenses mobile technology to Daimler and receives payments in return. How high these were remained unknown. Upon request, Daimler announced that it welcomed the agreement – from an economic point of view and “because we avoid long-term legal disputes with it.” Nokia described the joint agreement as “an important milestone.”
In this context, according to the company, all ongoing legal proceedings must also be terminated with a settlement. She said that this also includes the complaint that Daimler filed against Nokia with the European Union Commission. Neither company provided any details about the content of the comparison.
This is what the controversy is about
Nokia accused Daimler of infringing patents regarding mobile communication technology in the car, and thus filed a lawsuit in various courts. Some of the first provisions had a different character. In November, the Düsseldorf Regional Court decided to ask the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to clarify the main issues in the dispute.
In essence, the disagreement has revolved around how to make so-called standard core patents, the use of which is absolutely necessary for the technology to be used, to all service providers on fair and without discrimination terms.
Nokia has taken the view that, among other things, it is able to freely decide at which level licenses are granted to whom – that is, whether directly to car manufacturers or their individual suppliers. On the other hand, Daimler felt that suppliers should be able to license their products directly themselves.