Nokia is taking Amazon and HP to court in Delaware. The company claims that Amazon’s Prime Video and Twitch, as well as HP’s computers, use Nokia’s video streaming technology without permission. Instead of obtaining licenses, Amazon and HP allegedly utilized Nokia’s technology to enhance their video streaming.
Nokia is also filing similar lawsuits in Germany, India, the UK, and the European Unified Patent Court. Amazon has not commented due to the ongoing case, and HP has not responded yet. The company hopes that Amazon and HP will agree to pay for the technology they’re using and is open to discussing it.
According to Nokia’s blog post, the company’s technology powers entire industries. Over-the-top (OTT) streaming is a rapidly growing market. In 2022, it generated nearly $150 billion, and it’s expected to exceed $170 billion this year. By 2027, it could reach $300 billion.
Nokia has been a leader in video technology since the early 1990s. The company pioneered video compression, enabling the sharing of large video files online. Without it, streaming HD videos and conducting video conferences would not be possible. Additionally, Nokia’s inventors contributed to widely used video codecs, such as H.264/AVC in the 2000s and H.266/VVC in 2020. These codecs improve video quality while conserving data. This technology is present in tablets, PCs, smart TVs, smartphones, as well as in cameras and security systems.
There appears to be a disconnect between those who invest in creating streaming technology and those who benefit from it. Nokia, known for its substantial investments in research and development, including video technology, has built a robust patent portfolio in connectivity and multimedia, upon which many industries rely.
That blog post revealed some interesting facts. I didn’t know that content optimization on your device’s screen when switching between portrait and landscape video is a Nokia invention. Also, fast-forwarding or rewinding a video by scrolling through it, while simultaneously displaying the current scene, was also invented by Nokia. This is surely interesting!