Nokia faces setbacks with Lenovo in the German patent war
Nokia faces setbacks with Lenovo in the German patent war

On Monday, a German appeals court overturned the execution of a court ruling by Nokia in a patent dispute with Lenovo to prevent the world's largest computer maker from selling its products in the world's largest economy. 'Europe.

A court in Munich ruled on September 30 that a company registered in Hong Kong violated Nokia's patents, issued an injunction and removed the product from retail stores.

Nokia filed a lawsuit against Lenovo last year for infringement of 20 patents. The Finnish company currently has cases against Lenovo in the US, Brazil and India, while Germany has six.

Lenovo then appealed the Munich court ruling. "We believe that Nokia has violated its legal obligations by refusing to license its technology to the Lenovo Group or some third-party vendors to use H.264 technology in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner," she said in a statement.

H.264 is a video compression format that is widely used in smartphones and computers. Nokia previously sued Apple for patent infringement and reached a $ 2 billion settlement in 2017.

"The appeals court agreed to the request to suspend the implementation of the Munich ruling because it is very likely that the decision on the appeal will not be confirmed," said Lenovo.

Nokia responded: The appeals court ruling did not indicate that Lenovo would support the merits of the case and “we believe our case will be appealed”.

It should be noted that this type of suspension is very common in German lawsuits and generally remains in effect until a final decision is made on the matter. The case revolved around the fairness and adequacy of the H.264 license fee that Nokia imposed on Lenovo.

Reuters earlier quoted a source from Lenovo as saying, "Nokia has claimed that global royalties are greatly exaggerated, in excess of 50 times what Lenovo deems appropriate and reasonable."

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