Nokia Drops Litigation After RIM Agrees to Pay Up
RIM and Nokia reached a new patent-licensing agreement. Consequently, Nokia has retracted the complaints it filed with courts in three countries.Nokia and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have, if a little belatedly, reached a new patent-licensing agreement. On Nov. 29, Nokia filed documents with courts in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, asking them to bar sales of BlackBerry devices until RIM entered into new licensing agreements. The patents Nokia said RIM was infringing are relevant to 802.11 wireless LAN technology. A happier Nokia announced Dec. 21 that it had entered into a new agreement with RIM that "will result in settlement of all existing patent litigation between the companies and withdrawal of pending actions in the U.S., U.K. and Canada related to a recent arbitration tribunal decision." In 2003 and 2008, RIM had signed agreements to license the patents from Nokia, but as the date to refresh the deal approached, RIM was unhappy with the terms. The pair sought the assistance of Sweden's Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, a neutral body that acts as an arbitrator, but after nine days, they still had not reached mutually agreeable terms.
"In November 2012, the arbitration tribunal ruled against RIM. It found that RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing to royalties with Nokia," Nokia said in a statement to eWEEK, after filing its documents with the courts. "In order to enforce the Tribunal's ruling, we have now filed actions in the U.S., U.K. and Canada with the aim of ending RIM's breach of contract."