Nokia the Finnish telecommunications company yesterday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Apple for settling all patent disputes between the two and by which Apple has to pay royalties to Nokia according to the terms of the agreement. Companies agreed to withdraw all complaints filed against each other with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and end 46 ongoing patent infringement disputes in various countries around the world.
Nokia and Apple have been embroiled in litigation marked by trading accusations of patent infringement. Nokia announced in March that it filed another complaint against Apple with the ITC in addition to a lawsuit filed in Delaware. In December, the litigation spread to Germany, the UK and the Netherlands where Nokia filed 13 patent infringement complaints against Apple. Last May, Nokia filed a complaint in the US District Court in the Western District for Wisconsin alleging that Apple iPad and iPhone 3G products infringe additional Nokia patents. Apple counter-sued last December, claiming Nokia had stolen 13 patents from the company.