BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nokia, (NOKIA mobile phones.HE said on Friday, the end of a row, with germany’s Daimler (DAIGn.DE and other companies who have filed a complaint with european antitrust regulators, on the amount of the fees paid for the technology, the patents of the Finnish company.
FILE PHOTO: Visitors gather outside on the Nokia stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Photo File
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the Finnish telecom-equipment maker, had submitted a proposal for the resolution of a patent licensing fee row, but did not give any details.
The offer was to pre-empt any move by the European Commission to open an investigation, and to remove the threat of financial penalties if the company was found to be an abuse of his position. A source said that the commission has indicated that, in October, the start of a test probe.
Tech companies and auto industry are at loggerheads over the payment of royalties on the technologies that can be used in navigation systems, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and self-driving cars, it is ever more attentive to the development of electric vehicles.
Daimler ag, the German electronics firm to Product Technology, the German auto parts maker Continental (CONG.DE), France Valeo (VLOF.PA) and chipmaker Gemalto, which is now part of the Thales (TCFP.PA), complained to the Commission about the charges asked for by the Nokia patents which are essential for communication.
“Nokia will continue to function in the direction of constructive ways to resolve commercial disputes arising in connection with the licensing of our standard mobile technologies,” Nokia said in a statement, without mentioning a specific proposal for the end of the line.
“Our goal is to bring these technologies can be used in many different industries, in order to take advantage of consumers and customers around the world,” he said in an email to Reuters.
Daimler declined to comment specifically on Nokia’s proposal, but a spokesperson for the police said: “We want to make a note on the effect of essential patents on telecommunications standards, to be licensed in the automotive industry. Nokia, so far, refused to be extended, and the right to license to our suppliers.”
“A fair and non-discriminatory access to these standards for all of the users of essential patents on telecommunications standards, it is an important pre-condition for the development of new products and services for the connected drive,” she said.
For the Commission, declined to comment.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Edmund Blair