Nokia, Lenovo Settle Long-Standing Patent Fight, Resolve All Pending Litigation

Nokia’s Finnish has ended a decades-long patent war with China’s Lenovo Group, the world’s largest PC-based think tank, to resolve all pending cases against all authorities, companies said on Wednesday.

While the terms of the cross-cutting license agreement remain confidential, Lenovo will pay proportionally to Nokia, the Finnish communications maker said.

Nokia launched its official war with Lenovo in 2019 as a result of 20 video-compression copyright infringement and prosecuted in the United States, Brazil and India, in addition to six cases in Germany.

Lenovo also sued Nokia in a California court.

A Munich court ruled in September that Lenovo had infringed on one of Nokia’s patents, and ordered that no products from retailers be banned and returned. The order was upheld in November by a German appellate court.

“The international agreement will facilitate cooperation between our companies last month. Nokia signed an agreement with Samsung to license licenses to develop their technology to video standardrs around the world,” said John Mulgrew, chief operating officer at Lenovo.

Nokia’s patent portfolio is comprised of approximately 20,000 patent families, including more than 3,500 patent families declared significant in the 5G technology level.

Its Scandinavian rival, Ericsson, is also embroiled in ongoing patent disputes with Samsung and KPN NV, Russia’s largest telecommunications company.

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