Just a few days after the filing of lawsuits against the Californian technology company Apple, now the Finnish company Nokia wants to obtain a complete cessation of the iPhone and the iPad sales. No wonder the basis for this decision is a patent dispute.
A few years ago, Nokia and Apple were over in a so-called patent war, and this conflict was ended in 2011. While the Finnish firm did not produce any smartphone at the time, since their business unit was allotted to Microsoft, but some essential patents remained with Nokia.
"Nokia has given the best option to resolve this patent conflict, but Apple rejected offers that were provided. Hence, the Finnish company was forced to take legal action against them." said the Nokia Patent Commissioner Ilkka Rahnasto.
Further Failed Negotiations
The actual cause of the new dispute is Apple's lack of license payments for 32 different patents in various areas of technology, and according to Nokia, Apple used their intellectual property without their permission.
The complaints have been submitted to several German courts and the US court. A spokesperson for the Californian company, however, stated to Recode, "We respect intellectual property, and we've always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products. Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a reasonable basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple's inventions they had nothing to do with."
Import Ban on iPhones and iPads
Now further appeal to the US trade commission shows that Nokia is calling for an import and sales ban on some electronic devices from Apple, it includes all iPhones and iPads. The Finnish company found infringement in eight patents, which supposedly injure Apple by the production and the distribution of the smartphones and tablets.
Apple's Antitrust Case Against Patent Holding Entities
Apple has responded to a lawsuit against the patent exploitation and filed a major antitrust case against on several companies including Acacia and Conversant, as they were supposed to cooperate closely with Nokia and were responsible for preventing any infringement.
Ban of Nokia Subsidiary on Apple Store
Apple is quite upset with the Nokia's new year gift, so in a particular move, it has removed all Withings Accessories (owned by Nokia since 26 April 2016) from Apple Store.