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Nokia sues Apple in the US and Europe for patent infringement

Just a few months ago, Apple was found guilty of violating a patent owned by Nokia for a piece of tech developed by Sony. The company had to pay $3 million in damages to the patent's current owner MobileMedias LLC. Now, Nokia has sued the iPhone maker for infringing upon 32 patents, which weren't covered in a licensing deal signed between the companies in 2011.

The Finnish telecom giant has filed the lawsuits in Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. According to the company's press release, Apple agreed to license some of Nokia's patents in 2011 for its devices, but declined to do the same for its other patents related to display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

Nokia has revealed that it will be pursuing legal action in more markets against Apple to defend its rights, since negotiations weren't fruitful. The company hasn't disclosed the amount of the damages that is being sought in these lawsuits or whether it is looking for a ban on Apple products in these markets.

Source: Nokia | Original gavel image via Brian Turner / Flickr

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