BlackBerry, Nokia decide to drop patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2017

BlackBerry, Nokia decide to drop patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2017
You might recall that in February 2017, BlackBerry sued Nokia for patent infringement. The former claimed that Nokia was using 11 of its patents without licensing them on products like the Flexi Multiradio base station, radio network controllers, and Liquid Radio software. BlackBerry took over control of the patents when it bought Nortel's intellectual property back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. Two years prior to the purchase, Nokia had attempted to buy the patents from Nortel, but was unable to complete the transaction.

Now, a report from Bloomberg says that the two companies have decided to drop the suit. While no announcement was released from either side, apparently both BlackBerry and Nokia shook hands on an agreement that will probably be made public at a future date. The products that Nokia manufactured, allegedly without owning licenses to the patents, were "essential parts" of the 3GPP industry standard. That would mean that BlackBerry should have licensed these standard-essential patents at a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rate.

At the time of the suit, BlackBerry said that it wanted to be compensated by Nokia for the unauthorized use of its patents. BlackBerry also noted that the use of these patents by Nokia without obtaining a license, encouraged other companies to do the same thing.

Both Nokia and BlackBerry were the top smartphone manufacturers in the world at separate times. Now, the pair have licensed their name, software and branding to third party companies that continue to turn out Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones.

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11 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good to see two companies like this coming to an agreement without waiting for the courts to decide, appeals, more court time etc...

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Nokia and BlackBerry are two of my favorite companies these days, and I am most happy to see them doing many good things, and coming back from the edge of death in the mobile space. Granted, they're not perfect, but no company is, and I am glad that they are able to see past their differences and settle out of court to end litigation in the most amicable way possible.

2. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Glad to see this didn't become a messy situation. I hope this is the outcome for future litigious situations when it comes to blackberry since they have been on the patent shark route recently.

3. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I praise Nokia’s current leadership a lot for their effort. So far this is the second incident where Nokia gets sued and they decide to settle out of court.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see these two companies come to an agreement outside of the courts, especially since there are some that are using the term “patent shark” when they clearly don’t know what’s really going on. Kudos to both companies.

6. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

P. S. If you have something say in regards to my comment, then say it to me directly. As for the patent shark thing, it's written in digital ink for us all to see.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

P.S.- Take your own advice, as you take potshots at me continually. As for the patent shark thing, you’ve yet to list any proof from a court of law proving them to be so. Opinion pieces are just that: Opinions. Learn the difference.

8. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm addressing you right now. You have yet to give proof saying otherwise. Targeting Facebook for something generic is pretty much the definition of patent trolling whether you want to believe it or not.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're only addressing me because you took offense to my comment, as usual. I don't need to provide proof to disprove what you're saying because even you know that what you're saying hasn't been proven in a court of law, therefore it's rooted in opinion and bias against BlackBerry, whether you admit it or not.

10. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Or maybe you just don't have any proof, but you just don't want to admit that I'm right just because it's me that is saying it. It's rooted in facts that can easily be proven with multiple links. There's no denying it.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Or maybe it’s YOU that doesn’t have any proof, so you choose to go on opinion posts due to your unnatural hate for BlackBerry. The only reason you constantly attack BlackBerry is because I favor them. Nothing you’ve said is rooted in fact, only opinion, because you can’t provide a link from a court of law. There’s no denying that.

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