Patent disputes are nothing new among tech companies. The patent dispute between Apple and Samsung was one of the largest ever, and it’s still not settled. However, all patent disputes are not made equal. The patent dispute between Apple and Nokia has been settled, the companies announced earlier this week. The companies have entered into a new patent licensing agreement wherein Nokia will provide network infrastructure to Apple, while Apple will resume selling health products in its online and retail stores.
The dispute in question started last year when Nokia sued Apple in Germany and the US for infringing upon 32 patents. In a reaction, Apple removed Withings products from its stores. In case you’re wondering what this has to do anything with Withings, Nokia acquired Withings last year. Withings is a French consumer electronics brand that makes health-related products like fitness trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, and blood pressure monitors as well as connected home products like alarm clocks and security cameras.
This is not the first time when these companies locked horns in a patent dispute, though. Apple and Nokia sued each other in 2009, and then entered into a licensing agreement in 2011. Coming back to the current patent dispute, the companies haven’t revealed details regarding the new patent licensing agreement, but Nokia said that it will receive upfront cash from Apple for its patents as well as additional revenues going forward. Apple will also work with Nokia for “exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives.”