BlackBerry Suing Nokia Over Network Related Patent Infringements
According to a report published by Bloomberg, BlackBerry has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nokia, demanding royalties on the Finnish company’s mobile network products that use an industrywide technology standard.
These alleged infringements include Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers and Liquid Radio software are using technology covered by as many as 11 patents, BlackBerry said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
“BlackBerry seeks to obtain recompense for Nokia’s unauthorized use of BlackBerry’s patented technology,” the Waterloo, Canada-based company said in the complaint. BlackBerry didn’t specify how much it’s seeking.
BlackBerry states that Nokia hasn’t acquired a licence from their for the application of the patented technology, while the amount being asked for has not be mentioned / disclosed.
In the past few years, BlackBerry has been more aggressive against the use of their patented technology amid John Chen, the CEO trying to bring in various sources of revenue. BlackBerry has long enjoyed leveraging it’s R&D efforts in the long term in the form of these patented technologies.
Since BlackBerry contends that patents cover essential elements of a mobile telecommunications standard known as 3GPP, it has pledged to license them on fair and reasonable terms. It doesn’t seek any court order that would block use of the inventions.
Nokia and BlackBerry, both have been off market in the past few years. 2017 is the year, when both the companies are expected to bet high on the consumer hardware department. Both similarly also have a huge portfolio of patents which have enabled them to still have a fair enough standing in the market.