Apple is once again directly selling Nokia products through its online store, and they should be available in its physical retail locations soon too.
This is after Apple and Nokia announced that they have agreed a settlement to a patent lawsuit that began in December. The companies said they have moved from adversaries to business partners, settling all litigation. The pioneer mobile tech giant will provide network infrastructure services to Apple, Apple will stock Nokia’s Withings products once again in Apple Stores and pay ongoing license fees to use Nokia’s intellectual property.
The original lawsuit allegedly covered many elements of smartphone handset design and functionality, with Nokia’s patent portfolio spanning display technology, antennas, chipset, user interface and more.
Apple posted a statement from Apple COO Jeff Williams in a press release on its Newsroom. Williams said Apple wants to expand its relationship with Nokia in the future.
“We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
Apple had removed all Withings accessories from its online and retail stores around the world. On May 23, however, Apple and Nokia announced they settled all litigation and agreed to a business cooperation agreement with a multi-year patent license.
As part of the settlement, Nokia will receive an up-front cash payment from Apple, with additional revenues during the term of the agreement. It will also be providing “certain network infrastructure product and services” to Apple.