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Thursday 18 January 2018

Nokia boosts revenue with Samsung patent resolution

Nokia's head office in Espoo, Finland. Photo: Bloomberg News
Nokia's head office in Espoo, Finland. Photo: Bloomberg News

Finland's Nokia on Monday settled its patent dispute with South Korea's Samsung, saying the arbitration verdict would boost its patent sales by hundreds of millions of euros.

Nokia said the settlement would lift sales at its patent unit Nokia Technologies to around €1.02bn euros in 2015, include catch-up revenue from the past two years, from €578m in 2014.

The annualized net sales run-rate for the patent unit is now about €800m, Nokia added.

Nokia entered into a binding arbitration with Samsung in 2013 to settle additional compensations for Nokia's phone patents for a five-year period starting from early 2014.

"The use of independent arbitration to resolve differences in patent cases is a recognized best practice, and we welcome the additional compensation payable to Nokia under the extended agreement," said Ramzi Haidamus, the head of Nokia Technologies.

Nokia added it expects to receive at least 41.3bn of cash during 2016-2018 related to its settled and ongoing arbitrations, including the Samsung award. Nokia currently has a similar dispute with LG Electronics.

Nokia, which once dominated the global mobile phones market, is now focused on telecom network equipment but still holds a large portfolio of phone patents. The company is due to close its €15.6bn all-share takeover of French network gear rival Alcatel-Lucent this quarter.


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