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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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My biggest enemies enemy.
By drycrust3 on 11/28/2012 10:06:49 AM , Rating: 2
"RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia."

Contract? What contract? So this isn't a patent dispute, it's a contractual dispute.
I'm guessing they had a contract regarding use of each others patents. The silly part about this is that Nokia's main competitors are the Open Hand Set Alliance (Android) and Apple, it isn't RIM. RIM may not even be in business in 5 years time. If RIM is swallowed up by Apple or Microsoft then Nokia would get almost nothing because they will just say "FRAND".

RE: My biggest enemies enemy.
By ctodd on 11/28/2012 11:01:40 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia (Microsoft) is fighting from the bottom; it is easier to stalk the weaker prey. It would be bad for them if RIM actually does well with BB10.

RE: My biggest enemies enemy.
By Nortel on 11/28/2012 12:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
Every person who uses a blackberry does so because of the physical keyboard. RIM even ran a whole series of commercials touting the superiority of typing on a physical keyboard... And now, what are we presented? A full touchscreen device.

RE: My biggest enemies enemy.
By soloman02 on 11/28/2012 12:43:04 PM , Rating: 1
If you actually did your research you would see that RIM is releasing BOTH a touchscreen and physical keyboard model.

The L series is the full touchscreen device and the N series is the physical keyboard with touchscreen device.

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