European car manufacturers to sue Nokia

The complaints regards company’s alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-gen connected cars

German car manufacturer Daimler, parts maker Continental, the French Valeo, and Bury Technologies have levyied antritrust complaints against Nokia, regarding company’s alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-generation connected cars. In a statement issued yesterday, April 17, the Finland-based telecoms company said it had been notified of the complaints.

The action filed relates to Nokia’s refusal to issue Standard Essential Patents for vital wireless components, which the car firms believe could hinder their ability to offer new products and services related to next-generation connected cars. The campaign, which started by Daimler in March also argues that Finnish company is imposing unreasonable charges for patents developed when it was still a mobile phone manufacturer in discriminatory terms. The royalties in question are paid for the development of navigation systems, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and self-driving cars. 

The European Commission is now looking into the case. 

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