Nokia has filed legal proceedings against Amazon in multiple countries, including the US, Germany, India, the UK, and the European Unified Patent Court. The Finnish company alleges that Amazon has used its video-related technologies without authorization in its streaming services and devices. Nokia’s chief licensing officer, Arvin Patel, stated that litigation was not their first choice, but sometimes it is necessary to respond to companies that do not adhere to patent licensing agreements. Nokia is seeking compensation for the use of its inventions and hopes to reinvest the royalties in the development of next-generation multimedia technology.
has revealed that it has started legal proceedings against Amazon. The cases, according to Nokia, have been filed in the US, Germany, India, the UK, and the European Unified Patent Court. The reason? Nokia alleges that
has been involved in “unauthorised use of Nokia’s video-related technologies in its streaming services and devices.”
In a blog post,
, chief licensing officer, new segments at Nokia, said “Amazon Prime Video and Amazon’s streaming devices infringe a mix of Nokia’s multimedia patents covering multiple technologies including video compression, content delivery, content recommendation and aspects related to hardware.”
He also said that the company has also filed cases in the US against
for the unauthorised use of Nokia’s patented video-related technologies in their devices.
Patel said that litigation wasn’t the company’s first choice. He cited example with Apple and Samsung and said that the vast majority of the patent licensing agreements are agreed amicably. Since 2017, as per Patel, Nola has concluded or extended over 250 licenses – including amicable licenses with Apple and Samsung – and launched just 6 litigation campaigns.
“We’ve been in discussions with each of Amazon and HP for a number of years, but sometimes litigation is the only way to respond to companies who choose not to play by the rules followed and respected by others. And let’s be clear: Amazon and HP benefit significantly from Nokia’s multimedia inventions,” he said.
What is Nokia seeking
Nokia believes that it is responsible for a lot of inventions that are driving the growth of OTT business. “Did you know, for example, that content optimisation on your device’s screen when switching between portrait and landscape video is a Nokia invention?” Patel wrote. He also said that fast forwarding or rewinding a video by scrolling through it, while simultaneously displaying the current scene, was also invented by Nokia. “As were many technologies that enable personalisation of content recommendation,” he added.
“Nokia is seeking compensation for the use of these key inventions, royalties which we will reinvest, along with substantial amounts of additional investment, in the development of next generation multimedia technology,” he said. He also said that the company would prefer to “reach amicable agreements with the companies who rely upon our technology, and our door remains open for constructive, good-faith negotiations.” Neither Amazon nor HP has responded to Nokia’s legal claims.