Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, has filed lawsuits against Amazon and HP in five global jurisdictions, including the US and India, over patent infringements on video-related technologies. Nokia claims that both companies have used its video technology without its permission for their Prime Video service and other devices.
Nokia said it has been in discussions with Amazon and HP for several years, but litigation was the only option left after they failed to reach an agreement. Nokia’s chief licensing officer, Arvin Patel, said in a blog post that some companies choose not to play by the rules followed and respected by others.
Nokia seeks fair compensation for its video technology
Nokia said its video technology patents cover aspects such as video compression, content delivery, content recommendation and hardware. The company said the streaming market is estimated to reach $300 billion by 2027, but there is a mismatch between those who invested in developing the technology and those who benefit the most.
Nokia said it has successfully reached agreements on its video technology with Apple, Samsung and other device makers. Patel said that Nokia’s preference is to reach amicable agreements with the companies who rely on its technology, and its door remains open for constructive, good-faith negotiations.
Nokia faces challenges in its core business
The lawsuits come at a time when Nokia is facing challenges in its core business of 5G equipment. The company earlier this month said it would cut up to 14,000 jobs as profits fell on weakening demand in North America. Nokia has also lost ground to rivals such as Huawei and Ericsson in the 5G market.
Meanwhile, HMD Global, the maker of Nokia devices, plans to launch smartphones under its own brand in the first half of 2024. The company may prioritize India as its initial market, considering it a critical market for HMD-branded devices. HMD intends to manufacture all handsets under the new brand in India and explore exporting to other markets.