The International Court of Arbitration has just settled a five-year-long lawsuit involving Nokia and BlackBerry wherein the Finnish phone-maker alleged that the Canadian firm had breached patent agreements. Back in 2012, Nokia had filed lawsuits in the US, the UK and Canada against Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) claiming that the latter could not use local area network technology (LAN) for its products without agreeing on royalties.
The arbitration court has ruled in favor of Nokia stating that BlackBerry had indeed failed to make certain payments regarding patents, Reuters reported. BlackBerry would now have to pay $137 million to Nokia to settle the dispute. Though it has tepidly accepted the court’s ruling, BlackBerry has claimed that it wasn’t a case of patent infringement. It also stated that it was “disappointed” because the court did not find value in its arguments.
Moreover, the Canadian phone-maker is clear that it would continue to “vigorously pursue” its own patent infringement claims against Nokia. Earlier this year, BlackBerry had sued Nokia for the “unauthorized use” of its patented technology. It involved as many as 11 patents, which it claimed Nokia was sharing with several technology players like T-Mobile US and AT&T for their LTE networks. It included products like Flexi Multiradio base stations, Liquid Radio software, and radio network controllers that were allegedly using BlackBerry patented technologies without a license from the firm. Nokia has dismissed those claims saying they “are without merit”.
Of course, patent infringement cases are not new in the world of tech. BlackBerry itself was the beneficiary of a dispute involving Qualcomm that required the chip maker to pay $940 million in a similar case of disputed payments. The case was closed earlier this year. Additionally, the BlackBerry management has hinted that patent licensing would be a key revenue stream going ahead. The Canadian firm has roped in US-based Marconi Group to help it license out close to 40,000 of its patents to other technology players.