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Nokia and RIM sign new license agreement to patent dispute that threatened BlackBerry 10 release

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 21, 2012.

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Nokia and RIM have reached a settlement of all patent litigation issues between the two companies, putting an end to a legal matter that briefly threatened a sales ban of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices. Nokia and RIM already have a cross-licensing agreement that two companies signed in 2003, but the firms have been at odds because of RIM's claim that it did not have to pay Nokia for its WLAN patents. Nokia won an arbitration hearing on the matter and filed court cases in several countries to enforce the ruling.

Rather than continue fighting, Nokia and RIM have entered into a new patent license agreement that includes WLAN patents and ends all litigation between the two companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but RIM has agreed to make a one-time payment and then continue to pay Nokia for future use of its intellectual property. Nokia Chief IP Officer Paul Melin released the following statement about the deal:

"We are very pleased to have resolved our patent licensing issues with RIM and reached this new agreement, while maintaining Nokia's ability to protect our unique product differentiation. This agreement demonstrates Nokia's industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market."

source: Nokia

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