Nokia Seeking to Block BlackBerry Sales Over Patent Royalty Fees Dispute
Nokia is seeking to block the sale of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry products in the US, Canada, and UK. Nokia claims BlackBerry devices which include WLAN technology are in “violation” since RIM and Nokia could not agree on patent royalty fees.
Through the enforcement of the ruling of an arbitrator, which found in favor of Nokia in a dispute over patents related to its wireless local access network (WLAN) technology. The arbitrator, Nokia says, ruled that RIM is ”is not entitled to manufacture or sell products compatible with the WLAN standard without first agreeing with Nokia on the royalty to be paid for its manufacture and/or sale of subscriber terminals compatible with such standards”.
Nokia claimed in the petition that RIM and its U.S. subsidiary RIM Corporation continues to “violate” the arbitration agreement by continuing to manufacture and sell its products despite not having reached an agreement.