The world's leading mobile phone maker Nokia has notched up a rare victory against arch-rival Apple as the iPhone maker agreed to settle a long-running dispute over patents.
Nokia said on Tuesday that Apple had agreed to pay royalties for the use of Nokia technology in its devices, ending all of their 46 ongoing patent disputes.
Apple and Nokia have been locked in a legal tussle since October 2009, when Nokia sued Apple in the US, arguing the iPhone-maker was getting a "free ride" on technologies patented by Nokia.
"The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement," Nokia said in a statement, adding that the details of the contract were confidential.
The deal constitutes a massive victory for Nokia and ends years of tit-for-tat suits filed by the two companies, with both agreeing to wi
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After months of watching the likes of HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Apple roll out one superphone after another this summer — you know, like the eye-popping HTC Evo 4G, the mammoth Droid X, or of course the headline-stealing iPhone 4 — Research in Motion finally has a touchscreen BlackBerry that's worth getting excited about. Now, make no mistake: The Torch ($199 with a two-year AT&T contract, available August 12) doesn't try to one-up such superphones as the Droid X or the iPhone 4. There's no super-dense "retina display" here, nor is there a jumbo four-inch screen, a front-facing camera, gyroscopes or 4G data access. If you're in love with the new iPhone or, say, one of the new Samsung "Galaxy" phones, I doubt you'll be tempted to defect to the new BlackBerry. But as I see it, the Torch represents something more crucial for RIM: It's the mobile giant's first step into the modern smartphone world, and it's actually kind of a savvy one. (Note: Just to be clear, what follows isn't a review; rather, these are initial impressions based on about 20 minutes of hands-on time with the Torch. A full review will follow once I get to spend quality time with a review unit.) Wisely jetti