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Nokia and Apple settle patent infringements

The long running dispute between Nokia and Apple looks to have been amicably settled when the two sides agreed a licensing agreement, which according to Nokia, will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies.

Nokia sued Apple for patent infringements in 2009 and extended the action in December last year. This was followed by Apple countersuing, when they accused Nokia of infringing its patents. Nokia said Apple had agreed a one-off payment, the value of which was not disclosed, and ongoing royalties to use its technologies, the deal covering both companies’ patents.

In a statement a spokesman for Apple said: “the two firms had agreed to drop all of our current lawsuits and enter into a licence covering some of each other’s patents, but not the majority of the innovations that make the iPhone unique”.