The Mannheim Regional Court has largely upheld a patent lawsuit filed by Nokia against the Daimler Group, prohibiting the carmaker from further sales of the vehicles in question. Daimler infringes a Nokia patent for a method of synchronization in mobile networks with certain telematics units of its vehicles, the 2. Civil chamber of the LG Mannheim on Tuesday (Az. 2 O 34/19).
The chamber rejected the objections of the company and numerous industry supporters such as Bosch and Continental, Nokia also had to offer suppliers a license for the patented technology on reasonable terms. Neither Daimler nor its subcontractors were "seriously prepared" had been, "to conclude a license agreement on FRAND terms with the plaintiff", informed the court.
Sales stop questionable
It is questionable whether this enforceable injunction will actually lead to a sales stop for the vehicles concerned. "We do not expect there to be a halt to production or sales", said a Daimler spokeswoman. "We do not understand the verdict of the LG Mannheim and will appeal against it."