Nokia, the world’s largest handset manufacturer, is facing a bill of around $252m after a US federal court ruled against the company in a patent dispute with InterDigital Communications, the US-based wireless technology company.
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed an arbitration ruling that had been handed out in June but which had been challenged by Nokia.
The International Court of Arbitration had ruled that the Finnish handset maker would have to pay between $232m and $252m in royalties to InterDigital for GSM and GPRS mobile phone and network technology sold between 2002 and 2006.
Nokia on Thursday said it was reviewing its legal position and was yet to decide whether to challenge the federal court ruling.
If no challenge is raised, the two companies are expected to begin negotiations, which could lower the final amount that Nokia must pay.
Nokia and InterDigital have been in arbitration over this issue since 2003.
Nokia and InterDigital began working together in 1999 when Nokia initially licensed InterDigital’s technology that allows mobile devices to communicate with each other via radio waves.