Blackberry Files Patent-violation Lawsuit against Nokia

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Blackberry Limited, a struggling Canadian smartphone company sued Nokia Corporation for violating patents that considered important to wireless communications technology.

According to Blackberry Ltd., some of the software programs and transmitters of Nokia Corp. infringe patents of the wireless company, Blackberry. 

The spokeswomen for Nokia Corp. stated that the company is fully aware of the patent lawsuit. She further added that the company will do some research on claims and make whatever moves are required to protect Nokia’s rights on software programs and transmitters.

Finland-based network equipment manufacturer sells Flexi Multiradio base stations, Liquid Radio software, radio network controllers and other related software products to AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile Inc. for use in their LTE networks.    

According to the filed lawsuit in federal court in Delaware, Blackberry alleged that the Flexi line of base stations and connected software produced by Nokia, invade on 11 of its patents.

The papers of the lawsuit show that Blackberry does not want to halt the use of that technologies but it looking for a financial payment.

According to Blackberry, former telecommunication pioneer Nortel Networks Corporation previously owned some of the patents of this case and in 2009, Nokia tried to purchase some patent but couldn’t succeed.  

The patent of Nortel was acquired by a group called Rockstar Consortium in 2011 for $4.5 billion and Blackberry Ltd was part of Rockstar consortium. When the merger of group breaks then the patents were divided among the other members of the group, which comprised Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.

This clash for patent use between Nokia Corp. and Blackberry Ltd. is the second fight between the two corporations, in 2012 Blackberry lost a ruling against Nokia over patent use. Since then, both companies have closed manufacturing their own mobile handsets and have instead licensed the right to use their products to others mobile phone manufacturers.