Nokia and Lenovo Resolve Patent Clash
Nokia concluded a multi-year, multi-technology patent cross-license agreement with Lenovo. Under the agreement, Lenovo will make a net balancing payment to Nokia. The terms of the agreement remain confidential. The agreement resolves all pending patent litigation and other proceedings between the two parties, in all jurisdictions.
Nokia launched legal action against Lenovo in 2019 over alleged infringements of 20 patents, with cases in the US, Brazil, India, and six in Germany. One of the most recent German cases involved Nokia attempting to block the sale of Lenovo products in the country over a violation of a video encoding patent used in smartphones and computers.
“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Lenovo. The agreement reflects Nokia’s decades-long investments in R&D and contributions to cellular and multimedia standards. We appreciate, and very much respect, the constructive spirit Lenovo brought to our negotiations and look forward to working together to bring further innovation to their users around the world,” said Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies.
“Our agreement with Nokia reflects the value of both Nokia’s technology leadership and Lenovo’s continued investment in 5G innovation. The global accord struck will enable future collaboration between our companies for the benefit of customers worldwide,” commented John Mulgrew, Chief of Intellectual Property Officer at Lenovo.