An interesting opportunity has presented itself to Microsoft following news that Canada-based Research In Motion has lost a legal dispute with Nokia over wireless technology patents. As a result, RIM could see BlackBerry handsets banned unless it agrees to pay royalties to Nokia. As things stand, Nokia has already filed cases in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to enforce the ruling, a move that could see all Blackberry smartphones removed from store shelves.

“In order to enforce the Tribunal’s ruling, we have now filed actions in the US, UK and Canada with the aim of ending RIM’s breach of contract”, Nokia said in a statement. If the courts enforce the sales ban, consequences for the ailing BlackBerry maker could be devastating while opening door to Microsoft’s Windows Phone becoming the #3 mobile platform…

An arbitration tribunal on Wednesday ruled that all Blackberry phones infringe Nokia’s wireless local access network (WLAN) patents, Reuters reported.

Nokia and RIM agreed a cross-license for standards essential cellular patents in 2003, which was amended in 2008. In 2011, RIM sought arbitration, arguing that the license extended beyond cellular essentials. In November, the arbitration tribunal ruled against RIM.

It found that RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia. In order to enforce the Tribunal’s ruling, we have now filed actions in the US, UK and Canada with the aim of ending RIM’s breach of contract.

If Nokia removes BlackBerry phones from major markets, RIM would not only suffer a major financial loss, the company would also surrender its enterprise leadership to iOS and Android while allowing Microsoft to overnight become the #3 mobile platform provider.

“RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia”, the Finland-based company commented.

RIM already has plenty of problems of its own.

Government clients are abandoning the BlackBerry, consumers no longer wield BlackBerry phones with pride and companies are abandoning them in droves.

As the BlackBerry collapses in the United States and elsewhere, a Kantar Worldpanel survey shows RIM’s US market share dropping below two percent.

And according to IDC, Android and iOS are both set to surpass the BlackBerry in enterprise this year.

Can RIM be saved or is the company done for at this point?

  • Shingo Hoshino

    its about time….

  • Hyr3m

    A year ago they weren’t as crappy as iPhones but now BBs are as bad as apple’s outdated&overpriced aluminum rectangles…

    I truly wish Apple is going to follow RIM down the drain and forever be remembered as the saddest and most retarded part of computing history.

    • v0rt3x

      yup… in your alternate reality (where BBs were better than iphones a year ago), Apple would follow RIM down the drain…

    • Tardroid

      lol what a bunch of tardroids astrosurfing iDB

      • Tr1pTr0p

        So every realistic “down to earth” person with a different opinion than yours is a tardroid? And you wonder why people consider your kind to be utterly retarded… You’re not any better than what this site turned into. I’m slowly switching to jailbreaknation, a site that does a far better job at promoting tweaks and apps.

      • funny. have you ever thought (assuming you can think) that some users patronize both apple and google? or is your underdeveloped iBrain not there yet?

      • Hyr3m

        Apple has always been down there at the bottom of the ladder for me as an IT professional… (except when they truly innovated -> iPhone gen 1 and 2, but that didn’t last). Down there at the bottom next to Nokia’s Symbian crap-phones.

        BlackBerry had a good thing going for a while with professional phones that “just work” (95% of their issues fixed with a battery pull) and have all the types of things users want in a phone and that the iPhone lacks : full physical keyboard for typing fast and accurately, removable battery, universal plug for data and charging (mini then micro USB), latest technology (NFC being the latest example).

        That put RIM above Apple’s crap for a long time but now RIM suffers from the same thing Apple does : they’ve both rested on their laurels and assumed people were all retards. Which only serves to prove that both companies employ people that actually fall into this category in key positions. That and their stupid marketing campaigns and stunts that were as bad as Apple’s chronic superlative bullshit although not as pathetic as Apple’s idle objurgations. On second thought… They’re probably still above Apple, if only by being Canadian as opposed to United Statesians 😀

  • this what the site’s come to? Posting these kinds of articles all the time now? I’m officially leaving the iDB zone. iDB was awesome months ago to last year because they were unique and not bloated with news like this, but now they’ve turned into every other apple tech blog posting about everything non apple as well. I’ve seen more posts about lawsuits in the past month than I’ve seen over the entire year or two I’ve been looking at this site. iDownloadblog used to be awesome due to their main focus on downloading apps, tweaks, and jailbreak releases. I know due to iOS 6 that the jailbreak community isn’t as strong so there aren’t as many posts to release about that, but still, they are turning into a typical apple trolling website and selling out. It’s posts like these that only boost the apple fanboy attitude and stereotype. Unless things go back to the good ole days -I’m out.

    • Kenny

      I agree with you but I understand why they are doing this. If they didn’t then they’d probably lose their viewers and lose money. If they didn’t they’d eventually have to end the site

      • That is very true Kenny. And because of that reason, they aren’t who they used to be, and no longer an “i” “download blog” site. It’s a shame but hopefully things will fall through someday.

  • RIP Rim

  • I had a blackberry once…. once. for 2 months. it was the original storm… looking back… what a joke that phone was. no wonder they’re soon to be gone. they lost their innovation drive.