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BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

Peaking in the mid-to-late noughties, BlackBerry (once RIM) dominated the phone market through an innovative focus on email and communication. (Source: Getty Images)
Peaking in the mid-to-late noughties, BlackBerry (once RIM) dominated the phone market through an innovative focus on email and communication. (Source: Getty Images)
BlackBerry has filed suit against Nokia for allegedly infringing on 11 of the company's telecommunications patents. BlackBerry is not seeking to block Nokia's sales, but instead to receive royalties.

In a development that some cynics might refer to as a "battle of the has-beens", Bloomberg reports that BlackBerry filed a patent-infringement suit against Nokia on Valentine's Day (of all days) at a federal court in Delaware. The suit accuses Nokia of infringing on 11 of BlackBerry's patents.

The suit claims that Nokia products including Flexi Multiradio base stations, Liquid Radio, and other mobile network technologies are protected by up to 11 of BlackBerry's patents. Some of the patents currently held by BlackBerry were obtained from Nortel when a consortium that BlackBerry was part of bought out the former telecommunications company. When the consortium later dissolved, the patents were divided between the companies in the group, including Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.

BlackBerry is not seeing an injunction against the Finnish company, but instead is seeking royalties related to the patents allegedly used without license.

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Douglas Black, 2017-02-16 (Update: 2017-02-16)
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