If you are a big tech company there is one thing you cannot avoid: trials. Apple is definitely no exception to the rule since the company has a long-running history of court battles and I bet every lawyer secretly prays to be hired by the tech giant. And they have every reason to do so, because they would never run out of work, Apple is always involved in trials, be it as plaintiff or as defendant.
Probably the best-known trial is the current Apple vs. Samsung feud in which the Cupertino-based company accused Samsung of having copied its iPhone and iPad design.
The Nokia Vs. Apple Patent Battle:
Now, Apple has been brought before court by Nokia. The Finnish handset manufacturer filed a complaint in 2009 claiming that Apple had violated its GSM, UMTS, and LAN (WLAN) technology patents. Apple had to defend its honor therefore it also filed complaints of its own. It is safe to say that in the 2009-2011 period, it literally poured with complaints in the Nokia vs. Apple trial, just as expected.
The three-year legal dispute has recently burnt out after Apple has agreed to pay Nokia for the license patents. The Finnish company will receive a one-time payment from Apple plus royalties for “the term of the agreement.”
“We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees,” stated Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO.
It is still unclear how long “the term of the agreement” is, since neither Apple nor Nokia have supplied further details. The agreement could force Apple to pay Nokia a money quota for every iPhone and iPad the American company sells, while the one-time payment is likely to bring millions of dollars into Nokia’s account, if not billions.
Microsoft could be planning to take over Nokia, recent rumors claim. If the acquisition does take place, Apple could end up paying its Windows Phone rival, which is not a very honorable situation for Apple, to say the least.
This means that Microsoft could have two additional revenues sources, one from Apple and the other one from HTC, since the Taiwan-based company is already paying the software giant almost $5 on every handset it sells.
Nokia is a company that has a huge patent portfolio with more than 10,000 patent families. The Finnish giant has recently informed that it has spent more than 43 billion Euros to develop those patents in the last 20 years.
Having in mind Nokia’s patent portfolio it is easy to understand why the company is so alluring for Microsoft.