Case Study: Nokia Vs Lenovo Patent Dispute

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A Munich court determined in September 2020 that Lenovo had infringed on one of Nokia’s patents. The court ordered the merchant to cancel and recall the merchandise. However, the ruling was postponed until November 2020 by a German appeals court. However, Nokia won the lawsuit in April 2021, bringing the dispute to a close.

Nokia, the most popular technology corporation in the world from the 1990s to the early 2000s, still maintains about 20,000 patents today. Despite the fact that the company’s reputation is beginning to fade, 3,500 major patent groups owned by Nokia are still in use today, especially for the development of 5G technology.


What happens if a patent dispute arises in Indonesia?

We can understand how crucial patent protection and registration are by looking at the Nokia-Lenovo patent dispute. Your technical creation will be protected against piracy if you obtain a patent. So, how do patent issues in Indonesia get resolved?

Settlement of patent disputes is stated in Article 143 paragraphs 1 and 2 of Law Number 13 of 2016 on Patent (“Patent Law“), which mentioned as follows:

  1. The Patent Holder or Licensee has the right to file a claim for compensation to the Commercial Court against any Person who intentionally and without rights commits an act as referred to in Article 19 paragraph (1).
  2. The claim for compensation for the actions as referred to in paragraph (1) can only be accepted if the product or process is proven to be made using an invention that has been granted a patent.

The conduct alluded to in Article 19 paragraph 1 of the Patent Law is the Patent Holder’s exclusive right to use the Patent and to prevent other parties from doing so without his consent:

  1. in the context of a product-Patent: creating, using, selling, importing, renting, delivering, or providing for the sale, rental, or delivery of a Patented product; and
  2. in the context of a process-Patent: utilizing a Patented production method to produce products or other acts as referred to in letter (a).


The procedure for filing a lawsuit is also outlined in Article 144 of the Patent Law, which states:

  1. The case is filed with the Commercial Court in the defendant’s place of residence or domicile jurisdiction.
  2. If one of the parties resides outside of Indonesian territory, the case is filed with the Central Jakarta Commercial Court.
  3. The trial date must be set by the Chief of the Commercial Court within 14 (fourteen) days of the date the action is filed.
  4. The hearing on the case must commence no later than 60 (sixty) days after the lawsuit is filed.
  5. The parties are summoned by the court no later than 14 (fourteen) days before the first hearing

Articles 161 and 162 of the Patent Law state that defendants who are shown to have violated a Patent Right, as defined in Article 19 paragraph 1 / Article 160 of the Patent Law, shall face the following penalties:

Infringement of Patent Rights has a maximum penalty of 4 (four) years imprisonment and/or a fine of Rp. 1,000,000,000.00. (one billion rupiah). For a simple patent, the maximum penalty is 2 (two) years imprisonment and/or a fine of Rp. 500,000,000.00. (five hundred million rupiah).

Here is what we can glean from the Nokia and Lenovo Patent Dispute Case. If you would like to consult or register a Patent or any other Intellectual Property services, please contact us at



  1. Law Number 13 of 2016 on Patent
  2. Juve Patent: Nokia & Lenovo Head to Head in Germany
  3. Kontan: Nokia Akhirnya Menangkan Gugatan Paten

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