RIM loses WLAN patent battle to Nokia

Research In MotionAfter some recent good news, Research In Motion today was dealt yet another setback. A dispute with Nokia over WLAN patents has gone in Nokia’s favour. In a U.S. court filing seeking to enforce the ruling, Nokia indicates that RIM was found to be “in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia.” Similar cases have been filed in Britain and Canada.

Unless RIM can come to terms with Nokia, likely additional royalties, it could face a sales ban on its BlackBerry devices. The ban would also extend to RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices.

Nokia and RIM first entered into a cross-license agreement covering standards-essential cellular patents back in 2003. The agreement was amended in 2008. In March 2011, RIM sought to have the license extended to cover WLAN patents. The decision, finally reached on November 6th, went in Nokia’s favour, prompting the court cases.

Read more: Reuters