Will RIM stop selling Wi-Fi products because of Nokia?

Will RIM stop selling Wi-Fi products because of Nokia?
It looks like Nokia wants to prevent RIM from selling Wi-Fi products through a U.S. court, by enforcing its arbitration award. RIM will be able to continue selling BlackBerries equipped with Wi-Fi only when it reaches an agreement with Nokia as far as royalties go.

The arbitration has taken place in September in the Swedish Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Apparently, the court has reached a conclusion that RIM "is not entitled to manufacture or sell products compatible with the WLAN standard without first agreeing with Nokia on the royalty to be paid for its manufacture and/or sale of subscriber terminals compatible with such standards". But since such an agreement has not been reached yet, and RIM is continuing to market its devices, Nokia is asking a California court to make the Canadian manufacturer stop manufacturing and/or selling its Wi-Fi-enabled devices, or start making moves towards coming up with a decent royalty fee. it remains to be seen how this story is going to end. We'll let you know when there's an update.

via: ZDnet



1. lee480 unregistered

Don't be surprise. Soon, Apple is going to patent suing for patent violations.

2. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Why does Nokia kick a company when its down?

4. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Because in corporate world you die when you show mercy to your competitor. And Nokia has kept open an option for them, to pay royalty fees. It IS their right.

8. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah showing mercy shows youre weak

9. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

also because they are having a hard time to compete with Samsung and Apple, they picked on RIM. Maybe even HTC

14. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yep, since Nokia can't fight against Samsung or Apple, they attack the weaker (RIM). It's a food chain, the stronger eat the weaker. Perhaps HTC would be their next target, hope not.

16. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lmao... can't help but laugh at your and valdo's 'Analysis' xD When it comes to patents there is no big and no small contender. Even a single person can sue an organization. I thought you'd have learnt a lesson from Apple vs VirnetX chapter.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yea, because Im sure Nokia holds the patents for Wifi. They do not.

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If it doesn't defend itself, it can be open for attack from others. While I am not a fan of patent trolling or trying to stifle competition through litigation, reasonable defense like this with the easy and open offer for royalties is a fair course of action. Nokia is notorious for sharing its patents at a reasonable cost, so this should be no different. If Nokia acted like apple, then it could have had pretty much every other cell phone on the planet be rendered unsellable except, of course, their own, but obviously they haven't, and I respect that.

13. MeoCao unregistered

Oh my, fight of "les miserables"

3. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

why is nokia doing this? why will they stop someone... especially RIM... my guess, nokia need to bring down RIM's BlackBerry first, since RIM and its OS is still on top while nokia and its OS and WP isnt.. so they need to ban RIM so that they could replace its spot... but hope its not true! nokia shouldn't do this!!! these two companies need to rise up again and gain back its position as the REAL LEADERS of smartphone industry!

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Like I said in the above comment, you can not understand the psychology of companies from a normal user point of view. Imagine yourself being in shoes of a major shareholder and member of managerial panel of some company. What will you do if you hold something that you rightfully own and the other party is set to grab some of your market share using that? Will you sit and watch and lose your market, while your company already in fragile state? Think people, THINK!

19. ohhhh.baracuda

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

LOL Nokia and RIM were racing down the hill and both of them will reach the bottom of the hill in 2013 The real question is WHO'S FIRST

6. dromon

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

It's not about stopping RIM. I'ts about money and licensing fees. I'f RIM tanks they won't get any money anyway. The best thing in the long run is to get an agreement, like apple and nokia or other companies. The only winners in long processes are the lawfirms.

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

and here's a blackberry as a stylus for L920... http://youtu.be/W69WHb9g_qY

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That is genuinely cool!

10. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

What Nokia is doing that;s right if they think they should get royalties... This is not samsung vs apple case....

18. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Nokia already sued Apple Inc and got a billion USD and Apple is paying Nokia 500mn/year

20. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nokia will settle for agreement and not for suing. They are not troublemaker

21. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Nokia only preventing RIM from using wifi products, much better than suing IMO

23. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Will RIM stop selling Wi-Fi products because of Nokia? In a word, no. They just want a cut. RIM is about to stop selling wifi devices about as much as they are about to stop making keyboards.

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