Daimler has agreed to pay Nokia for the use of its patents, ending a controversy that highlighted a dispute between technology companies and auto companies over patent fees for key technologies.
Nokia’s annual licensing revenue is 1.4 billion euros (approximately 1,245 billion rupees). In recent years, the automaker Daimler has sued each other in German courts with mixed results.
Technology companies want automakers to pay royalties for technologies used in navigation systems, vehicle communications, and self-driving cars, but the latter said their suppliers should pay fees, which may reduce patent holders’ fees.
The agreement jointly announced with Daimler on Tuesday marks Nokia’s April agreement with China’s Lenovo under which the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer will pay the Finnish telecommunications equipment manufacturer the net balance , And resolve all pending litigation.
Prior to this last month, Samsung and Samsung reached an agreement under which the South Korean company agreed to pay royalties for technology related to its video standards.
Nokia and Daimler said that they have reached a patent license agreement and will stop litigation. So far, the German automaker has never paid Nokia for the use of its patents.
“From an economic point of view, we welcome reconciliation because we have avoided lengthy… disputes,” a Daimler spokesperson said.
The two companies said in a joint statement: “According to the agreement, Nokia will license Daimler’s mobile communications technology to Daimler and receive compensation.”
They added: “According to the agreement between the two parties, the terms of the agreement are still confidential.”
The end of the dispute means that the German court’s request for guidance on this issue made to the Luxembourg Court of the European Supreme Court last year will be meaningless.
Audi, Bentley, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volvo have paid Nokia for patent fees.
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