[update] Nokia gegen Apple: Patentstreitigkeiten vorerst ad acta gelegt
Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.
The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement. The specific terms of the contract are confidential.
Drei Hervorhebungen (von mir): “all patent litigation” sowie “one-time payment” and “on-going royalties” payable by Apple. Eine zusammenfassende Aufstellung der Patentstreitigkeiten fand an dieser Stelle Beachtung.
Der Kampf um Apples Markennamen ‘App Store‘, dem sich kürzlich auch Nokia anschloss, dürfte davon allerdings unberührt bleiben.
Nokia emerges victorious, but this is a sweet defeat for Apple because its competitors — especially those building Android-based devices — will also have to pay Nokia, and most if not all of them will likely have to pay more on a per-unit basis because they don’t bring as much intellectual property to the table as Apple definitely did. So from a competitive point of view, I don’t think Apple loses much.