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Effective freeze on RIM sales until an agreement is reached

Nokia sues RIM for royalties

Nokia is seeking royalties from RIM after it was ruled that the Blackberry vendor had violated patents relating to WLAN protocols.

According to The Register, a tribunal ruled that until an agreement on royalties is reached then RIM is “not entitled to manufacture or sell products compatible with the WLAN standard.”

This effectively means that there is currently a freeze on sales of RIM products.

“Nokia and RIM agreed a cross-license for standards-essential cellular patents in 2003, which was amended in 2008. In 2011, RIM sought arbitration, arguing that the license extended beyond cellular essentials. In November 2012, the arbitration tribunal ruled against RIM. It found that RIM was in breach of contract,” commented Nokia in a statement.

“RIM and its US subsidiary nevertheless continue to violate the award and breach the underlying agreement.”

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