Nokia and Research In Motion have agreed to settle their patent litigation and enter into a new licensing agreement. The financial structure of the agreement includes a one-time payment and on-going payments, all from RIM to Nokia .The specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement will result in settlement of all existing patent litigation between the companies and withdrawal of pending actions in the US, UK and Canada related to a recent arbitration tribunal decision.
Nokia signed a cross-licence agreement with RIM covering standards-essential cellular patents in 2003, a deal that was amended in 2008. RIM sought arbitration in March 2011 with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, arguing the licence should be extended to cover WLAN patents. The Swedish arbitrator ruled last month that RIM was in breach of contract and was not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia. Nokia then sought to have the ruling enforced in the US, UK and Canada.
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