BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia announced that it has suspended a legal action against the German carmaker Daimler, in the hope that the mediation process for the resolution of their dispute over the technology’s licensing fees.
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
However, the decision drew a cool response from the Female, who reiterated that the two companies had different legal opinions on the matter.
Nokia ” s performance, the cost of the job and it has thrown a spotlight on the broader battle between the tech companies and the auto industry over the royalties for the technologies that will be essential for the navigation systems, in-vehicle communications and self-driving cars.
Europe, along with the Product, Technologies, Continental, Valeo, and Thales,-the property of Gemalto filed a complaint with the European Commission on the costs, due to a Nokia patent related to vehicle communication.
Nokia has released in the past few years, launched 10 cases against Daimler ag in Germany for alleged patent infringements. Daimler, meanwhile, has issued its own lawsuits against Htc.
However, Nokia said on Monday that constructive negotiations are the best way to solve problems, having last week offered to take part in an independent mediation as part of its efforts to avoid an EU antitrust investigation.
“In order to make sure there is plenty of time for this service to be successful, we have unilaterally decided to suspend it pending the outcome of the hearing held on 10 December in Germany,” a Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said.
“We are confident that in Europe and in the tier-1 suppliers, will now have to engage in this meaningful effort to reach a settlement. There is more to gain for everyone if we work together.”
Daimler declined to comment on Nokia’s move, reiterating its previous stance.
“We have a different legal opinion on the question of how to license essential patents on telecommunications standards for the automotive industry. Nokia has so far declined to take a license to our suppliers, to directly on a comprehensive basis,” the German company said.
The EU’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, however, pleased with the settlement, and said that the postponement of the hearing was a positive step.
This is the reason why we think it’s a good thing that they now have to try mediation at the International Chamber of Commerce and industry,” she told reporters. “It would be a good thing, as there is a mutual understanding.”
Nokia has also offered to negotiate with the auto parts makers are in the position of the only Female on the license.
Manufacturers claim that the auto parts makers will have to deal with all the licensing fees, rather than them, and that the patent should be open to negotiations with any company who is interested in the use of their patents.
Sources have told Reuters that the EU competition enforcers are ready for an investigation into the matter, Nokia has made the mediation offer.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, additional reporting by Ilona Wissenbach in Frankfurt; Editing by David Goodman and Pravin Char