UPDATE 3-BlackBerry maker RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia

Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:12pm EST
 
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* Arbitrator backs Nokia in contract dispute vs RIM

* says RIM to pay royalties, damages to Nokia

* Nokia files cases seeking to enforce the ruling

* Could lead to sales ban on BlackBerry phones

* Analysts say deal for RIM to pay royalties more likely (Rewrites first paragraph, adds comments from arbitration, lawyer)

By Tarmo Virki

HELSINKI, Nov 28 (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd (RIM) has lost a dispute over the use of Nokia Oyj patents, in a case which could halt the sale of RIM products if it does not reach a new royalties deal with the Finnish company.

The Swedish arbitrator ruled RIM was not entitled to make or sell mobile devices which can hook up to WiFi networks - using technology known in the trade as WLAN or wireless local access network systems - without first agreeing royalties with Nokia.

"RIM is liable to pay royalties and damages to Nokia for its ... sales of any subscriber terminals (handsets or tablets) ... compatible with the WLAN standard," the arbitrator said in the ruling, issued on Nov. 6 but not publicised until Wednesday.   Continued...