Daimler Asks Antitrust Regulators At EU To Investigate Nokia Patents

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Daimler, the German carmaker, has complained to antitrust regulators at EU about Nokia copyrights necessary to car communications, a decision highlighting the tensions among the car industry and tech firms on the employment of major techs.

Mobile telecoms suppliers and tech companies are playing a more and more essential role in the auto sector, with their techs employed in vehicle-to-vehicle communication, navigation systems, and self-driving vehicles. Daimler verified that it had filed a complaint against Nokia with the European Commission.

“We need clarification on how necessary copyrights for telecommunications protocols are to be approved in the automotive sector,” the car manufacturer claimed to the media in an interview. “Non-discriminatory and fair access to these protocols for all consumers of the important copyrights for telecommunications protocols is a major prerequisite for the progress of new services and products for connected driving.” The European Commission verified receipt of the complaint by Daimler.

“Although we provide a huge series of alternatives for automakers, comprising via their tier 1 providers, Daimler has opposed taking a license to the Nokia copyrights it is using already,” a spokesman of Nokia, Mark Durrant, claimed to the media in an interview.

On a related note, HMD Global (Nokia phone brand owner) is reasonably nervous about Finland probe claims that its phones send sensitive information to China, and it is attempting to clear its name. The firm claimed to the media that it “erroneously included” the device activation tool for Chinese handsets in a “sole batch” of Nokia 7 Plus handsets meant for other nations. On the other hand, that info was “never executed” and was not identifiable personally, as per the firm. It was resolved via a software upgrade in February this year and “almost all” handsets already have that fix. The firm also rejected discussions that other handsets might send similar info.

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