Nokia, Vitelcom settle over GSM, GPRS patents

Nokia Corp. said Monday that it settled its patent suits with Vitelcom Mobile Technology SA over GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) technologies.

Pending litigation in Germany and Spain has been dropped, and Vitelcom has agreed to a royalty-bearing license of some of Nokia's GSM and GPRS-related patents, the Finnish handheld maker said. Nokia has also been granted a cross-license for some of Vitelcom's technologies in the same field, it said.

A spokeswoman for Nokia declined to comment on how much the companies settled for, and which patents the suits involved. Representatives for Vitelcom were not immediately available to comment on the settlement.

Nokia filed suit against the Spanish handheld designer and manufacturer in November, claiming the company infringed on some of its patents covering GSM and GPRS. Nokia has a large patent portfolio relating to the technologies, including patents for improving voice quality, mobile data and mobile phone usability, it said.

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