In a statement, Nokia announced that the agreement involves a confidential payment and resolves all pending patent litigation and other proceedings between the two parties in all jurisdictions.
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Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “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.”
Nokia started the legal battle against Lenovo in 2019. According to Nokia, Lenovo allegedly infringed 20 different patents by not paying for licenses. Lawsuits were open in the United States, Brazil, India, and Germany. Lenovo had also sued Nokia in a court in California.
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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, in which the Munich court ruled last year that Lenovo did indeed infringe one Nokia patent by not paying for its licenses. The order was stayed in November by a German appeals court.
“Our agreement with Nokia reflects the value of both Nokia’s technology leadership and Lenovo’s continued investment in 5G innovation." John Mulgrew, Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Lenovo, commented. "The global accord struck will enable future collaboration between our companies for the benefit of customers worldwide.”
Nokia said it had invested more than €129 billion in R&D over two decades, accumulating 20,000 patents, 3,500 of which were essential to 5G.