The IP technology for mobile networks is a serious issue for Nokia, especially as the Finnish giant has invested over 40 billion euros in R & D in 20 years to develop many patents are called "essential" that is essential for industry and built to international standards.
This also leads to licensing policies with other companies against royalty, and Nokia did enjoy some forty companies its expertise in trading license. Other companies, like Qualcomm, have made the management of their patent activity extremely profitable, at times bordering the limits of legality.
Faced with these financial issues, patent holders assert their rights. This is what Nokia by complaining to a court for the District of Delaware (a choice which is not trivial) for patent infringement against a .Apple.
At issue: mobile technologies present in the iPhone
The Finnish group weighs ten patents covering GSM, UMTS (3G) and WLAN, covering various aspects such as management of mobile data, voice encoding, security and encryption, and Apple would have used illegally Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007.
"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that companies involved in technological development, which then produces standards create intellectual property, which requires compensation thereafter," said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of IP issues in Nokia.
"Apple is not exempt from this principle. In refusing to negotiate with Nokia on its intellectual property, Apple is trying to take her back to his innovations," he says. I must admit it is difficult to escape some 10 000 patent families formed since the emergence of mobile telephony.