Apple and Nokia involved in an international patent scuffle

On Wednesday, Finland-based mobile network vendor Nokia filed five patent-infringement lawsuits against US tech biggie Apple, accusing it of violation of 32 Nokia patents.

The lawsuits against Apple were filed by Nokia in Germany and the US. The lawsuits basically pertain to Nokia's licensing terms for the widely used H.264 video codec and other technologies.

About its five patent-infringement lawsuits filed against Apple, Nokia said in a Wednesday statement that the lawsuits chiefly cover patents related to displays, software, user interfaces, chipsets, antennas, and video coding.

According to Nokia's lawyers, "Apple has steadfastly refused to agree to license Nokia's H.264 patents on reasonable terms" even though it has been enjoying all the benefits. The Apple products in which the H.264 video codec is used include the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macs, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

Nokia's Wednesday move to file patent-infringement lawsuits against Apple came close on the heels of an Apple lawsuit filed in California on Tuesday.

In its lawsuit, Apple has claimed that Nokia had colluded with Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management patent assertion firms, to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively" from several smartphone manufacturers, including Apple.