Nokia drops litigation threat as RIM agrees to pay

Nokia drops litigation threat as RIM agrees to payThe prospect of yet another patent dispute heading to the courts has receded with news that RIM has agreed to a patent licensing agreement with Nokia that will see all potential legal action dropped.

The deal will involve RIM paying a one-off fee plus an ongoing per-handset payment to use Nokia patents after a recent arbitration tribunal found RIM was in breach of a near-decade-old patent cross-licensing contract.

“We are very pleased to have resolved our patent licensing issues with RIM,” says a Nokia statement. “This agreement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

The exact figures involved haven't been revealed, but the tribunal's decision in Nokia's favour will undoubtedly have contributed the speedy resolution of the issue.

And with both companies having plenty of work to do next year to secure their long-term future, it seems fitting that they'd avoid the kind of long-running court sagas that the likes of Apple and Samsung have found themselves caught up in recently.

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