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RIM Loses to Nokia Over WiFi Patent – Pay Up or Stop Selling BlackBerry Devices

November 28, 2012 2 Comments

Blackberry has a major legal loss once again, now they have lost to Nokia over WiFi. RIM either can choose to pay Nokia  royalties over their use of WiFi (IEEE 802.11) or probably close its doors.

Expect them to pay up…

Swedish arbitrator : (via Yahoo)

“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,”

“RIM has not contested that it manufactures and sells products using WLAN in accordance with Nokia’s WLAN patents,”

Experts agree that RIM will now likely push for a royalty agreement to avoid any bans of Blackberry. To kick RIM while its down even more is the fact that RIM chose to trigger an arbitration proceeding last year over this. Since they lost, they have to pay up forthe  costs of the arbitration and pay back Nokia for most of its legal fees.

Foss Patents

Nokia and RIM have been negotiating for some time but couldn’t agree on license fees. RIM mistakenly thought it would benefit from triggering an arbitration proceeding, which it did in April 2011. This backfired. After a nine-day arbitration hearing in September (which was also mentioned obliquely in the Munich court), an arbitration award was issued on November 6. Nokia says that “[t]he Tribunal found unanimously for Nokia on all but one of its requests for declaratory relief, and denied all but one of RIM’s requests for declaratory relief”, and “required RIM to bear the costs of the arbitration and compensate Nokia for the majority of its legal fees”.


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