Nokia settles long-standing patent fight with Lenovo in all countries


Finland’s Nokia has settled a multi-year patent dispute with China’s Lenovo group, the world’s largest PC maker, resolving all pending litigation in all jurisdictions, the companies said on Wednesday.

Although the terms of the cross-license agreement remain confidential, Lenovo will make a net balancing payment to Nokia, the Finnish telecommunications equipment maker said.

A Nokia spokesperson declined to disclose financial details.

Nokia launched its legal battle against Lenovo in 2019 for alleged infringement of 20 video compression technology patents and has had cases in the United States, Brazil and India, in addition to six cases in Germany.

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Lenovo also sued Nokia in a California court.

A Munich court ruled in September that Lenovo had infringed one of Nokia’s patents and ordered an injunction and product recall from retailers. The order was stayed in November by a German appeals court.

“The global deal reached will enable future collaboration between our companies for the benefit of customers. Last month Nokia reached an agreement with Samsung to obtain patents covering its innovations in video standards around the world,” said John Mulgrew, director of intellectual property at Lenovo.

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Nokia’s patent portfolio consists of approximately 20,000 patent families, including more than 3,500 patent families declared essential to the 5G technology standard.

Its Scandinavian rival, Ericsson, also has pending patent litigation with Samsung and KPN NV, the largest Dutch telecommunications company.

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