Nokia seeks to block Lenovo sales in Germany over patent licensing

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Nokia has sought to impose an injunction from Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker to block sales of its products in Germany after breach of a movie encoding patent.

A Munich court ruled on Sept. 30 which Hong Kong-listed Lenovo infringed among Nokia’s patents, also arranged an injunction and a recall of products by retailers, along with other matters.

Nokia launched its legal struggle against Lenovo last year over alleged breach of 20 patents. The Finnish company has continuing cases against Lenovo from the United States, Brazil and India, along with six instances in Germany.

Lenovo has appealed from the Munich court judgment.

“We believe Nokia has violated its own legal obligations by refusing to license its technology on Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms to either Lenovo or our third-party suppliers whose parts include H.264 technology,” a Lenovo statement said.

H.264 technologies is a video compression format widely utilised in smartphones and computers. Nokia has previously sued Apple for infringing its patents and obtained $2 billion in settlement 2017.

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The Munich court, the judgment of which applies only to Germany, rejected Lenovo’s assertion that Nokia had not complied with FRAND duties.

Nokia said that Lenovo has been unwilling to enter talks, and may solve the issue by accepting its duties and agreeing a licence on fair terms.

“Nokia is demanding a highly-inflated global royalty rate that is more than 50 times what Lenovo believes is reasonable and appropriate,” an origin at Lenovo stated.

A Nokia spokesman declined to disclose financial information.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm. Editing by David Goodman.

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