Nokia and RIM enter new patent license agreement

NokiaAnother legal battle has been put to rest. Last month, a dispute between Nokia and RIM over WLAN patents went in Nokia’s favour, putting at risk RIM’s BlackBerry sales, including those of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices. Fortunately, the two companies have reached a resolution and existing patent litigations have been settled.

“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,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

As a result of the settlement, Nokia will receive a one-time payment and on-going payments from RIM. More specific terms of the agreement were not revealed.

The agreement is one less hurdle that RIM will need to deal with as it prepares to launch its BlackBerry 10 smartphones next month.

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