After Nokia recently sued Apple for patent infringement, Apple has now pulled off all the Withings products from its store. Withings, for those who don’t know, was acquired by Nokia in April 2016 for $191 million. Further, Withings is a French consumer electronic company famous for manufacturing digital health products such as blood pressure monitors, fitness trackers etc. As per the report by MacRumours, all the products from Withings are no longer available on the Apple Store.
Last week, Nokia filed the patent lawsuit in Germany and US, however, it is believed that the Finland-originated company has now filed a lawsuit for about 40 patents across 11 nations including UK, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France etc.
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,”
In response, Apple’s spokesperson, Josh Rosenstock said – “We’ve always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products,”
“Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple’s own inventions they had nothing to do with.”
Coming back to Withings, this is not the first time Apple has done something like this. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple had previously pulled down Bose products when it entered into a patent dispute with Beats. Beats Electronics, formerly known as Beats by Dr. Dre was acquired by Apple in 2014 after which the company acts as Apple’s subsidiary. Interestingly, only after Beats and Bose settled the dispute for an undisclosed amount, Apple re-introduced Bose products to its store.