EU: Daimler asks watchdog to probe Nokia patents

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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