Nokia has won a lawsuit over RIM in Sweden, with the result being that the Canadian phone company must either pay a license fee for all devices that uses Nokia’s WLAN technology, or stop making them.
The arbitrator ruled that the company cannot manufacture or sell products with WLAN standard, also known as Wi-Fi, unless it pays Nokia royalties. Nokia has in turn filed cases in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to further block BlackBerry sales until RIM pays up.
Considering that most of RIM’s BlackBerry phones use the 802.11 wireless LAN standard, a block on these devices would devastate an already falling company. BlackBerry is losing market share at increasing speed and trying to launch its new BB10 platform in an iOS- and Android-dominated market. And now that there’s also the nascent Windows Phone, which Nokia champions, to compete with, any impediment to sales will significantly hurt RIM.