Nokia Sells Qt Licensing to Digia
Nokia today announced that it is offloading its Qt licensing business to a company called Digia for an undisclosed sum. Once the deal closes, which is scheduled for the end of March, Digia will be responsible for the commercial licensing and service operations business of Qt. According to Nokia and Digia, about 3500 desktop customers will be transferred to Digia. Nokia will continue to invest in Qt, as will Digia, which says it plans to focus on bolstering desktop and embedded Qt development environments. Digia will be responsible for all commercial support moving forward, and will acquire about 19 technical consultant and marketing employees from Nokia. Nokia said it sold the Qt licensing operation because it wasn't a core part of its business. Nokia originally purchased the Qt business from Trolltech in 2008.
Nokia and Samsung Settle Patent Licensing Deal
Nokia today said it has reached an agreement with Samsung over the licensing of its wireless patents. The companies have been disputing the value of Nokia's patents since Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft.
LG Agrees to Pay Nokia Royalties, But Rates Not Settled
LG has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Nokia over smartphone technology, but the companies have yet to agree on pricing for the patents. Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft, but it retained many of the related patents for licensing purposes.
Nokia and Samsung Expand Patent Agreement
Nokia and Samsung have broadened an existing patent cross-licensing agreement to include more intellectual property. The companies ended patent litigation between the two in February with an initial cross-licensing agreement.
Jolla Separates Software and Hardware Businesses
Jolla today announced plans to split its operations into two separate companies. Moving forward, Jolla Ltd.
Nokia Dishes More On Possible Phone Plans
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri today reiterated that the company would like to return to the phone business, but said it is in no rush. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show, Suri noted that Nokia will not manufacture its own handsets, but will instead license its brand to an outside manufacturer.