RIM And Nokia Make Nice. But Has The Sun Already Set On Their Businesses?

Two of the cell phone world's most embattled former giant companies have set aside their differences.

Neither Nokia nor RIM can be said to be doing particularly well right now--though they are both desperately fighting against the iOS and Android smartphone phenomenon that has crushed their businesses. And like many players in this game they'd had a number of patent-driven legal cases against each other. That's all gone now, and both firms have withdrawn any pending cases in the U.S., U.K., and RIM's homeland Canada. As part of the deal RIM is making a one-off settlement and an ongoing licensing settlement to Nokia.

There are no significant extra details in Nokia's news release on the matter, and it notes that the monetary amounts in question are confidential.

Do you wish the other players in this market, like Apple, Samsung and Google, would follow this tactic too? Or do you think the patent wars are justified, and lead to improved products for users?

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  • Jackw

    I think I am on the same page as Descarte. I am a big RIM fan, but I can say that Nokia has a right to be compensated for the technologies that they come up with. When you are talking about specific technologies, those should be respected and protected. Silly things like the Apple rectangle shouldn't be patented, that's just annoying.

  • Descarte

    what is wrong with licensing the technology for which you have a legal patent for. Unlike the stupid cases revolving apple, such as suing companies with similar names that have been around longer, suing samsung for rectangles and some of the other patents that were just removed the other day, Nokia has a right to earn money off it's wifi patents which are a legitimate technology.