Nokia revealed on Wednesday it had filed lawsuits in Europe and America against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) for breaching its patent contracts.
On Monday, the Finnish phone maker sued RIM in a California court to impose a Swedish arbitration tribunal’s ruling that RIM cannot sell products with wireless local area network (WLAN) technology without a royalty agreement with Nokia.
“We have now filed actions in the US, UK and Canada with the aim of ending RIM’s breach of contract,” said Nokia spokesperson Mark Durrant.
The conflict developed from a mix-up with technologies covered by a licensing agreement that allows RIM to use Nokia patents.
“Nokia and RIM agreed a cross-license for standards-essential cellular patents in 2003, which was amended in 2008,” said Durrant. “In 2011, RIM sought arbitration, arguing that the license extended beyond cellular essentials.”
Earlier this month, the arbitration tribunal of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce ruled against RIM. Nokia said the tribunal found RIM in breach of contract and thus must discontinue sales and manufacturing of WLAN products without signing a royalty agreement.
“This could have a significant financial impact, as all Blackberry devices support WLAN, although the volumes are currently very low in these countries,” said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo in an interview with Reuters.