Nokia, vivo settle patent dispute

Nokia, vivo settle patent dispute

Nokia announced it signed a multi-year patent cross-license agreement with Chinese smartphone vendor vivo. 

In a statement, the Finnish vendor said it will take royalty payments from vivo, along with catch-up payments to cover the dispute period. 

A licensing agreement between the two had expired in 2021 and was not renewed leading to legal action in Germany. 

The agreement ends all pending patent litigation between the two companies in all jurisdictions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

Nokia Technologies president Jenni Lukander said: “This is the sixth major smartphone patent licence agreement we have signed in the past thirteen months, and we have now almost completed our smartphone licence renewal cycle. Together these licensing agreements demonstrate Nokia’s significant contribution to developing key technologies relied upon by the entire smartphone industry and they will provide long-term stability to our licensing business for years to come.”

Xianwen Xu, General Manager of Legal Affairs Department at vivo Mobile Communication Company stated: “We are pleased to have reached a global cross-license agreement with Nokia. Signing the agreement reflects the mutual recognition and respect for each other's patent value in cellular technology and it also plays a significant role in fostering a positive development environment within the industry. We are dedicated to investing in R&D of smart devices and intelligent services, providing extraordinary hi-tech products and services for users worldwide.”

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