BlackBerry sues Nokia for patent infringement

BlackBerry sues Nokia for patent infringement
It might be the day after Valentine's Day, but BlackBerry felt compelled to send Nokia a special late Valentine's Day card with a lawsuit attached. The front of the card did not read "This is no list of television shows to binge, but instead it's a list of our patents we feel you infringed." We think it cost $2.99 in the bargain rack at Target. Both Nokia and BlackBerry have a lot in common. Both firms were at one time the leading smartphone manufacturer in the world, and then fell into years of decline.

According to BlackBerry, Nokia products like the Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers, and Liquid Radio software are using unlicensed patents that belong to BlackBerry. The latter was part of a group that ended up with the patents when it bought Nortel's IP in 2011 for $4.5 billion dollars. Nokia had tried to purchase this intellectual property back in 2009, but Nortel's bankruptcy proceedings got in the way.

Will BlackBerry and Nokia end up getting this worked out in court? Stay tuned to find out!

source: BlackBerry via Nokia

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40 Comments

1. checkmymike

Posts: 218; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

No comment.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Unfortunately for Nokia, they have proved their knowledge of the ownership of the patents, as they have been cited in some of Nokia’s own patent applications. Some of the 11 patents in question were once owned by Nortel Networks Corp., and Nokia in fact once tried to purchase them as part of a failed bid for Nortel. Also, since the BlackBerry-owned patents cover essential elements of a mobile telecommunications standard known as 3GPP, BlackBerry said that they'll license said patents to Nokia on fair and reasonable terms. BlackBerry isn't seeking any court order that would block use of the inventions. Damn, I really hate seeing two of my all-time favorite tech companies go at it like this.

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They should kiss and call it a day. Too bad these two innovative companies have to go this way.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Were they waiting for Nokia to come back? It looks so...

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So blackberry is becoming a patent troll now?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No. They're not suing for shapes and generic names like Apple.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And here comes the BlackBerry shill on the defensive.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

And there goes the inbred trolling Apple shill being ignorant.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You call me an inbred Apple shill, yet the only reason you even got offended is because I asked if Blackberry was becoming a patent troll. The magic word here is hypocrite.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are an inbred trolling Apple shill, and the only reason that you even made your ignorant comment to begin with is because you're trolling. The magic word here is troll.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cry me a salty river of tears.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Typical troll response from an inbred trolling Apple shill like you.

8. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How do you define patent troll?

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple.

11. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Lol. Not the response I was looking for but a good shot none the less. You're just trying to mess with him ;) Based on your post #2 I'd say Blackberry is being quite reasonable about this. I'd rather they get this straightened out without the courts though...

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, guilty as charged! :D I believe that they are being quite reasonable, going by the facts. But I wish that these two iconic companies weren't going at it with each other to begin with.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course you're guilty as charged.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's what I said.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And that's what I'm confirming.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

The only thing you need to confirm is that you're a hypocrite.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not the one who is drunk off Hypocriskey.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, the stuff just runs through your veins.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's just trying to pick a fight via deflection.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just doing what you do best.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But you do it much better.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one picks a fight via deflection better than you do.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one finishes quickly better than you do. Might want to change the avatar to the Flash.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was as lame as you are impotent, which is saying a whole lot.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka, I'm deflecting by bringing up Apple.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka, the only reason that you're offended is because I mentioned Apple in a way that you don't approve of.

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