AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

Nokia, RIM settle all outstanding legal claims

updated 06:01 am EST, Fri December 21, 2012

Nokia, RIM reach agreement ending all outstanding claims

Struggling smartphone giants RIM and Nokia have reached a settlement ending all outstanding patent claims between the two companies. A statement issued by Nokia indicates that the settlement is heavily weighted in its favor. Nokia will receive a one-time payment from RIM while the Canadian company will also furnish Nokia with ongoing payments, although the details of which remain undisclosed.

"We are very pleased to have resolved our patent licensing issues with RIM and reached this new agreement, while maintaining Nokia's ability to protect our unique product differentiation," said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. "This agreement demonstrates Nokia's industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," he added.

Although Nokia has been struggling to turn around its flagging smartphone business, it retains one of the largest and most robust mobile patent portfolios in the industry. Over the past two decades, Nokia has invested over 45 billion euros in research and development during which time it has amassed close to 10,000 patent families.

It is believed that making a modern cellphone is almost impossible without touching on Nokia's patent portfolio with many also deemed standards-essential. Apple, like RIM, was also forced to settle with Nokia under similar circumstances in June of 2011. At that time, Apple agreed to make a one-off payment to Nokia along with ongoing royalties for the duration of the deal. Although the details weren't revealed, it is thought to have amounted into the hundreds of millions of euros. Nokia earns around 500 million euros annually in ongoing royalty payments.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented