Nokia, Apple explore health tech partnership after the patent fight

Nokia and Apple are ready with their patent battle and are now talking about expanding their business relationship.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the companies announced that they have settled all disputes with respect to their intellectual property dispute and signed a multi-year license.

As part of the agreement, Apple will, again, carry Nokia’s digital health products (formerly under the Withings brand) in the retail and online stores after pulling them from the shelves in December. Nokia will provide Apple with “certain network infrastructure products and services” and the companies’ top executives plan to meet regularly. Apple and Nokia said that they also plan to explore “the future of collaboration in digital health initiatives.”

In a statement, Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer Maria Varsellona called this a “meaningful agreement.”

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“It moves our relationship with Apple to be adversaries in the courtroom to business partners that work for the well-being of our customers,” Varsellona added.

The companies are keeping the financial details of the agreement are confidential, but Apple Nokia with an “up-front “cash payment”, together with additional income in the conditions of the agreement.

“We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute, and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia,” Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Williams said in a statement.

The agreement comes after Nokia in December announced it had submitted “a number” of complaints against Apple in Germany and the U.S., claiming the Cupertino tech giant had been parented inventions in the “many” products, without a license for them. Nokia said that Apple’s products violated 32 of the patents related to “display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets, and video coding” technologies. The Finnish phone maker said the legal action followed years of unsuccessful negotiations with Apple.

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