The German automaker Daimler could be faced with a ban on the sale of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Germany after losing patent proceedings with the Finnish company Nokia. Daimler would have equipped the cars with Nokia mobile technology without a license, the judges ruled.
The question remains whether there will actually be a sales ban. Then Nokia has to file a separate case and bring in a lot of money: around 7 billion euros. This amount serves as security for any damage that Daimler incurs. This must be compensated if a higher court later decides that the sales ban was not legally valid.
Daimler replied in an answer that it was now examining the judge’s decision. According to the ruling, Daimler must also provide Nokia with data on the number of cars it has sold using the technology. The automaker said ahead of the verdict it would appeal if the case was lost.