International arbitration panel orders BlackBerry to pay Nokia $137 million to settle a dispute

International arbitration panel orders BlackBerry to pay Nokia $137 million to settle a dispute
BlackBerry today said that it would go along with a ruling announced by the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration. This ruling orders BlackBerry to pay $137 million to Nokia to settle a contract dispute between two of the earliest smartphone manufacturers. The dispute centered around certain payments that Nokia claims it was owed by BlackBerry under the terms of a patent license contract.

On November 29th, the Arbitration panel ruled in favor of Nokia, saying that the latter was owed $137 million by BlackBerry. The dispute between both firms was not related to any claims of patent infringement, although BlackBerry is still accusing Nokia of using some of its intellectual property without permission. BlackBerry has filed a couple of law suits against Nokia in the U.S. and in Germany.

Nokia and BlackBerry have both licensed their name to manufacturers who are having success reviving the old brands. In May 2016, HMD Global licensed from Nokia the use of the Nokia name and certain intellectual property for the production of smartphones and tablets. In December 2016, BlackBerry licensed its name and software to China's TCL. Other regional manufacturers also have signed similar deals with BlackBerry, but TCL is the main beneficiary of BlackBerry's revival. 

source: BlackBerry



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s cool they are both making money again. They should have started making googles pixel phones if they could. I always like these two companies.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It is hard to fight against Nokia in any law suite because Nokia simply floats on a patents' sea and never lost any case before.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Virtually impossible, if not flat out impossible, for any company (including BlackBerry) to beat Nokia when it comes to a patent dispute, due to the sheer amount of patents that Nokia owns. Hate seeing my two favorite mobile phone-related companies fight like this, though. Would much rather see the two collaborating on something, instead.

9. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 162; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I fully agree with you hope this never happens again

10. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I believe sony and Ericsson together can beat nokia. (they share patents)

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