Apple Pulls Nokia-Owned Withings Products From Its Stores
After Nokia recently sued Apple for patent infringement, Apple has now pulled off all the Withings products from its store. Withings is a French consumer electronic company acquired by Nokia in April 2016 famous for manufacturing digital health products such as blood pressure monitors, fitness trackers etc.
“Now, the devices made by the Nokia subsidiary are no longer listed on Apple’s website. Previously, Apple carried a wide range of iOS-compatible Withings devices in its retail stores, including the ‘Body Cardio Scale’ and ‘Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor,'” the report added.
Nokia filed a suit in Europe and the US, claiming Apple is still infringing on Nokia patents. The lawsuit covers 32 patents, including display, user interface, software and video-coding technology.
Just after filing the lawsuit, Nokia released a statement saying “Since agreeing a license covering patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products,”
Apple refuted the claim saying “Nokia has been conspiring with patent assertion entities (Acacia Research and Conversant Property Management) in an “illegal patent transfer scheme” to wring money out of Apple because Nokia’s cell phone business is failing.”
According to the AppleInsider report, Apple has now “expunged all mention of Withings and its product line from the Apple.com online retail database”.
In 2011, the two companies settled a patent fight over smartphone technology through a licensing agreement that committed Apple to make a one-time payment to the company and to pay regular royalties in the future, media reported. The companies also agreed to withdraw complaints against each other with the International Trade Commission over the use of intellectual property.