Nokia and RIM settle patent dispute

City A.M. Reporter
Nokia has settled a patent licence dispute with Blackberry maker Research In Motion over use of its Wi-Fi technology.

The agreement will involve a one-time payment from RIM to the Finnish mobile phone maker, but the terms are confidential, Nokia said this morning.

The agreement covers all existing patent litigation between the two companies.

The dispute centred on the terms of an agreement signed between Nokia and RIM in 2003, which allowed Nokia’s cellular technology to be used in BlackBerry handsets. RIM had argued that the licence should extend to Wi-Fi, while Nokia and the arbitrator disagreed.

Nokia is one of the industry's top patent holders, having invested €45bn (£37bn) in mobile research and development over the past two decades.