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EU: Daimler asks watchdog to probe Nokia patents

 |  March 31, 2019

German carmaker Daimler has complained to EU antitrust regulators about Nokia patents essential to car communications, reported Reuters.

Daimler confirmed that it had lodged a complaint with the European Commission against Nokia.

“We want clarification on how essential patents for telecommunications standards are to be licensed in the automotive industry,” the car maker said in a statement on Saturday, March 30. “Fair and non-discriminatory access to these standards for all users of the essential patents for telecommunications standards is a key prerequisite for the development of new products and services for connected driving.”

Nokia claims Daimler was seeking to side-step taking out licenses. “Though we offer a wide range of options for automakers, including through their tier 1 suppliers, Daimler has resisted taking a license to the Nokia inventions it is already using,” Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said.

Full Content: Reuters

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