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Nokia plans to file suits in several countries to enforce arbitrator ruling

The past few years haven’t been very kind to RIM. The smartphone maker has seen hordes of customers in the consumer and enterprise space defect from its platform to devices that run iOS and Android. RIM has so far seemed unable to mount any competition in the smartphone market, although analysts are hopeful for the launch of Blackberry 10 in January 2013.

RIM has been hit with another serious bit of bad news as it has lost a patent dispute with Nokia. The patent suit loss could force RIM to stop shipping BlackBerry smartphones if it can't reach a licensing agreement.

Nokia announced an arbitrator in the matter has ruled, "RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia."

Nokia has announced that it has filed similar cases in the U.S., Britain, and Canada to enforce arbitrator's ruling. The patents at the heart of this dispute have to do with WLAN technologies typically marketed under the Wi-Fi brand.

"This could have a significant financial impact to RIM, as all BlackBerry devices support WLAN," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said.

Analysts expect RIM to come to a licensing agreement with Nokia; otherwise RIM would be unable to ship its new BlackBerry devices using BlackBerry 10 software early next year. 

Source: Reuters



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Credit where credit is due....
By GotThumbs on 11/28/2012 8:59:30 AM , Rating: 2
Kudos to Apple for re-focusing companies legal divisions (sarcasm of course).

It would be interesting to see how many companies have grown their patent lawyers on staff.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/28/2012 9:03:20 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
It would be interesting to see how many companies have grown their patent lawyers on staff.


Check out Oracle ;)

http://www.bonkersworld.net/organizational-charts/


RE: Credit where credit is due....
By Nortel on 11/28/12, Rating: 0
RE: Credit where credit is due....
By p05esto on 11/28/2012 9:39:38 AM , Rating: 1
Because everyone and their neighbor wants to see Apple implode and go back to the irrelevance of the 1990s. No one on this site for example buys or uses Apple products any longer.


By StevoLincolnite on 11/28/2012 9:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
No one on this site for example buys or uses Apple products any longer.


Well. That's not entirely true.
You do have Tony Swash...


RE: Credit where credit is due....
By bull2760 on 11/28/12, Rating: -1
RE: Credit where credit is due....
By messele on 11/28/12, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 11/28/2012 2:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
You say that as if there is no merit to the point made above that Apple started all this crap. In fact that is the only reason you are positing at all, because "the precious" was insulted and for some unfathomable reason you take offense to that. eh-ha-loos-a-ha-ha-harrr.

"Boycott!!!!!!1"

Don't let the door hit ya on your way out... :P


RE: Credit where credit is due....
By TakinYourPoints on 11/28/2012 6:29:21 PM , Rating: 1
Those of us who like using the fastest hardware with the best apps and developer support do, certainly


By retrospooty on 11/28/2012 9:15:48 PM , Rating: 3
Also those that like the biggest bezel. :P iPhone definitely wins in bezel size. Features... not so much. Its missing WAY too many standard features for a high end phone.


RE: Credit where credit is due....
By Samus on 11/29/2012 2:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I think a lot of people forget that Nokia actually started the smartphone patent war, years before Apple.


RE: Credit where credit is due....
By TakinYourPoints on 11/28/2012 6:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
IBM and Oracle have been doing this way bigger and for much longer than any of this mobile litigation nonsense started. IBM in particular files more patents and does more licensing than anyone else. IBM's number of patents are actually larger than MS, HP, Oracle, Apple, and Google combined, and its been like that for about 20 years.

Of course there is the licensing/threat of litigation that goes along with it, but that's been a standard part of the game for a very long time.


By retrospooty on 11/28/2012 7:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
the difference being IBM is patenting real things, and Apple is patenting ridiculous concepts like rounded corners and the look of an icon and things that other companies have already done that they somehow get away with patenting.


"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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