View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Networks
November 29, 2012

Nokia sues RIM alleging patent contract breach

RIM alleged that the license must also have included patents related to non-essential parts

By CBR Staff Writer

Finnish phone maker Nokia has demanded sales ban of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices in the US, the UK and Canada, claiming violation of contract related to cellular patents signed nine years ago.

Both the firms have entered into an agreement in 2003 to use patents related to standards-essential technologies for mobile devices.

RIM has since alleged that the license must also have included patents related to non-essential spares and it filed lawsuit with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in Sweden in March 2011.

Further, the Swedish arbitrator ruled that RIM was not allowed to make or sell mobile devices that feature similar Wi-Fi connectivity, which the firm had not agreed royalties with Nokia.

"RIM is liable to pay royalties and damages to Nokia for its … sales of any subscriber terminals (handsets or tablets) … compatible with the WLAN standard," the arbitrator said.

"RIM has not contested that it manufactures and sells products using WLAN in accordance with Nokia’s WLAN patents."

RIM spokeswoman Crystal Roberts said that the firm will respond to Nokia’s petitions in due course.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

"Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and has built an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio of its own," Roberts said.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.