Nokia asks for BlackBerry sales ban after patent dispute

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RIM’s smartphones could be taken off shelves in the UK, US and Canada if manufacturer doesn’t agree to pay licence fees

Nokia is seeking a ban on the sale of BlackBerry smartphones in the UK, US and Canada following a patent dispute with the company’s parent, Research In Motion (RIM).

The Finnish manufacturer said an earlier ruling means RIM cannot now produce devices that offer a common type of Wi-Fi connectivity unless it agrees to pay licence fees. RIM has so far not commented.

The action comes two months after the Stockholm Camber of Commerce in Sweden asked Nokia to act as an arbitrator in a dispute over RIM’s use of handsets and tablets featuring wireless active network (WLAN) connections to the internet.

RIM had argued it should not have to pay a separate fee for the technologies because of an earlier licensing deal with Nokia, but the tribunal disagreed.

The latest patent dispute with Nokia comes two months before RIM is due to officially unveil its latest mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, on January 30.

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