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Blackberry slams Nokia with lawsuit

Blackberry slams Nokia with lawsuit

Smartphone makers Blackberry is slamming Nokia with a lawsuit as the two once mighty phone making champions battle one more time.

A lot has changed since the once mighty phone makers’ glory days. These days both have moved away from making their own handsets, licensing their names to third-parties looking to capitalize on any cachet left in the brand.

In a suit by BlackBerry filed on Valentine’s Day with a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, the Canadian company alleges Nokia of infringing on 11 patents, across a wide range of mobile networking products.

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According to the suit filed by Blackberry; “Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks.”

The suit doesn’t go so far as seeking to block use of its patents, instead looking to collect on damages related to the royalty fees it charges for licenses on the technologies – some of which were acquired through purchase from Nortel, after that company went bankrupt.

According to BlackBerry’s filing, Nokia attempted to buy them directly from Nortel a few years prior. BlackBerry has declined to comment further on the suit.

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