You probably know the drill. This patent brawling started like a big joke, but has now snowballed into really bad mud fights. It is the way things go in life. Someone starts a trend, and everyone else jumps in.
In recent news, Nokia has filed suits against RIM (makers of BlackBerry) over infringement of WiFi patents in their devices. News has it that in an earlier arbitration at the Swedish Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, it was ruled that RIM “is not entitled to manufacture or sell products compatible with the WLAN standard without first agreeing with Nokia on the royalty to be paid for its manufacture and/or sale of subscriber terminals compatible with such standards”.
However, RIM is still selling its devices without reaching such an agreement with Nokia, so Nokia is pulling out the big guns and now wants the law to enforce their rights.
That is the drill. I feared that Nokia would start to pull its weight like this some day. The Finish brand has such a powerful array of patents in the field of mobile technology that everyone else would be target practice for them. WiFi? Oh boy!!!! Let’s just line up Apple, Sony, Motorola, HTC, and all the others…..
It is getting messier, guys.