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Appeared on: Monday, November 04, 2013
Nokia and Samsung Extend Their Patent Deal

Samsung has extended a patent license agreement with Nokia and Samsung for five years.

The agreement between the two companies would have expired at the end of 2013.

According to the agreement, Samsung will pay additional compensation to Nokia for the period commencing from January 1, 2014 onwards, and the amount of such compensation shall be finally settled in a binding arbitration which is expected to be concluded during 2015.

"This extension and agreement to arbitrate represent a hallmark of constructive resolution of licensing disputes, and are expected to save significant transaction costs for both parties", said Paul Melin, Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Nokia.

Nokia plans to retain its patent portfolio following the proposed transaction to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft.

Nokia last year launched a legalassault on rivals in the smartphone business that weren't licensing its standards essential patents. The Finish company settled on with Blackberry and has been fighting with HTC in courts in Europe and the US. Nokia managed to secured a key patent victory over HTC in the High Court in London last week, and is now seeking a ban on HTC's flagship Android device, the HTC One.




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