Nokia and Apple settle



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Two of the world's largest technology companies, Nokia and Apple, have agreed a deal ending a legal dispute over intellectual property rights. The arch rivals, in effect, accused each other of stealing important smart phone technologies.


15 June 2011 - Two years ago Nokia went to court in the US claiming Apple had infringed its patents in areas like touch screen technology, caller ID and wi-fi. Apple then counter sued.

This settlement ends all outstanding litigation.

It appears to be a victory for Nokia as Apple has agreed to pay a lump sum and continuing royalty payments. The amounts have not been disclosed.

But the legal deal is unlikely to change anything in the market place where Nokia smart phones are struggling in face of competition from the Apple iPhone and handsets powered by Google software.

In a carefully worded statement, Apple acknowledges reaching a licensing deal with Nokia but claims it does not cover the majority of innovations that in its words make the iPhone unique.

Decoded that means Apple denies stealing the technologies that made the iPhone a success.


Kaynak: BBC