#Nokia & #Xiaomi signed patent licensing and cooperation agreement

Nokia announced this morning that it signed a patent and business cooperation agreement with the Chinese tech company Xiaomi. To be clear right at start, this deal does not include HMD, or Surge S1 processor that we saw in the rumor yesterday, that was proven to be fake.

Nokia and Xiaomi announced today that they have signed a multi-year patent licensing deal, including a cross-license of companies’ cellular standard and essential patents. Nokia also sold a number of patents as part of this deal.

The two companies entered into a business cooperation agreement, under which Nokia will provide “network infrastructure equipment designed to deliver the high capacity, low power requirements expected by large web providers and datacenter operators. Nokia and Xiaomi will work together on optical transport solutions for datacenter interconnect, IP Routing based on Nokia’s newly announced FP4 network processor, and a data center fabric solution. In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities for further cooperation, in areas such as Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.”

“Xiaomi is one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Rajeev Suri, President & CEO of Nokia. “In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of patent licensees, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.”

“As a company seeking to deliver more exciting technological innovations to the world, we are excited at the opportunity to work more closely with Nokia in future,” said Lei Jun, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi. “Xiaomi is committed to building sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders. Our collaboration with Nokia will enable us to tap on its leadership in building large, high performance networks and formidable strength in software and services, as we seek to create even more remarkable products and services that deliver the best user experience to our Mi fans worldwide.”

This is great news for Nokia, because Xiaomi is the first Chinese mobile phone manufacturer that agreed to pay for a patent license, in a deal including sales of patents, cross-licensing, and further technological cooperation, that Nokia announced to pursue on the IP Networks Reimagined event last month and forming a special unit for internet companies in China. After Xiaomi, that sold 14.8 million smartphones in Q1 2017, surely more Chinese phone manufacturers will agree to license Nokia patents, because, as of today, they have a precedent to follow.

Source: Nokia


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  • Muerte

    Good news for Nokia!

    (this does not yet mean anything regarding the rumored SoC’s that HMD uses in future Nokia-phones)

    • No, that news turn out to be fake. The creator of the news said it so… But, it could be possible, especially if MediaTek doesn’t make and update of the latest Android available for the Nokia 3’s chipset

  • Hemedans

    I thought huawei has patent agreement with Nokia? And lenovo too. So xiaomi is not first.

    This is good news and soon Xiaomi will enter US and Europe market, they need big company like Nokia to back them up.

    • They reached an agreement with Huawei in 2008 but it has expired and now they are under negotiations. As of this day, Xiaomi is the only Chinese phone vendor paying for patents.

    • Huawei did used to have an licencing agreement with Nokia but it expired and now they are in a phase of negotiation. I am not familiar with Lenovo, but this is first biggest new Chinese brand that signed agreement with Nokia. Remember that Huawei was first to go global, and there you need to pay for Nokia’s property

      • Hemedans

        Seems you are right, my mistake.