Just one day after an initial announcement indicating it had filed suit against smartphone-maker Apple in the U.S. and Germany, Nokia last week said it expanded the litigation across a total of 11 countries.
In addition to its initial filings with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and regional courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich, Germany, the Finnish company released a statement saying it had also filed for action in Helsinki, Finland; London, United Kingdom; Turin, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Barcelona, Spain; The Hague, Netherlands; Paris, France; Hong Kong; and Tokyo, Japan, as well as with the International Trade Commission in the United States.
Nokia said the suit now involves a total of 40 patents, covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets, and video coding. A large chunk of those patents – a total of 18 – are involved in the company’s Texas filing, Nokia indicated.
According to Nokia, Apple signed a license agreement in 2011 covering some patents in the Nokia Technologies portfolio, but has subsequently refused to sign agreements to license other patented Nokia technologies used in several Apple products. Nokia’s Head of Patent Business Ilkka Rahnasto said in a statement the company tried for several years to try to negotiate a deal with Apple over its use of the patents, but is now “taking action to defend our rights.”
The spat isn’t the only high-profile patent case Apple has recently been involved in.
Over the past several years, the U.S. tech company has been embroiled in a long, drawn-out series of legal battles over patents with rival Samsung. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court dealt Apple a blow in one of those cases when it ruled Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits – totaling $399 million – it pulled in from 11 phones since the patented features represented only a miniscule part of the overall device.