Nokia

The Informer

Business

Comments

Nokia versus RIM: a patent dispute could result in a BlackBerry sales ban

Research in Motion is on a roll this month, with a BlackBerry 10 launch date announcement and share price upgrades by several high-profile analysts. Still, it wouldn’t be RIM without some bad news mixed in, and the latest is bad enough to imperil the budding comeback: Nokia has won one of its patent disputes against RIM, which could bar the company from selling BlackBerrys. A Swedish arbitration panel has ruled that RIM can’t sell devices that use a crucial patent for accessing wireless local access networks until it pays damages and royalties, and Nokia is taking RIM to court in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada to enforce the decision. An outright sales ban is one possible outcome, though it’s more likely the two companies will work out a settlement and royalty agreement, which could cost RIM up to $350 million a year. Not exactly chump change for a company trying to turn its fortunes around. [Toronto Star]

The Informer

Business

1 Comment

Why Apple’s victory over Samsung is a potential boon for RIM

With Apple’s billion-dollar legal victory over Samsung dominating tech news this week, we wondered how the outcome of the patent lawsuit would affect Research in Motion. Turns out we weren’t alone on that front. Here’s the consensus: the ruling potentially benefits RIM, Nokia and other companies that don’t use Google’s Android operating system. Basically, Samsungs U.S. market share could falter as it faces a court ban on selling eight of its models there; moreover, other Android manufacturers will need to take extra time before releasing new products to ensure they don’t infringe on Apple’s patents (although, to be fair, most of the infringements were Samsung-specific). Finally, the ruling reinforces the value of tech sector patents, of which RIM owns a large portfolio. The main point of uncertainty for the Canadian tech giant is the same one that’s been plaguing RIM for months—namely, whether the company can get BlackBerry 10 out quickly enough to capitalize on this opportunity.

The Informer

Business

Comments

RIM headache number 4,572 (or thereabouts): Nokia is suing for patent infringement

Despite the fact that Nokia and Research in Motion have each seen their smartphone profits eviscerated by Apple and Google, there’s no sign of an underdog alliance. In fact, Nokia just filed several lawsuits against RIM (as well as HTC and ViewSonic), saying the companies infringed on up to 45 of its patents for features like dual-function antennas, multimode radios, conversational message display and data encryption. It’s yet another legal hassle for RIM, which is already dealing with one patent lawsuit over swiping and double tapping technology and another for design and data transmission patents. And though tech companies spend a lot of time suing each other over patents, Nokia has already proven its courtroom chops, having won a patent dispute against Apple. Given RIM’s tumbling stock price following its BB10 preview, the last thing the company needs now is a pricey day in court. [Reuters]

The Informer

Business

Comments

Reaction Roundup: Jim Balsillie’s out, execs are getting fired…what the heck is going on at RIM?

After a few weeks of relative quiet from Research in Motion, the company dropped a big pile of news on the world yesterday: the company’s fourth-quarter financial results were nearly as bad as analysts were predicting; former co-CEO Jim Balsillie resigned from the board; and RIM’s chief technical officer and chief operating officer were both dismissed. Will CEO Thorsten Heins’ day of reckoning set RIM on the path back to smartphone supremacy? We rounded up what the analysts are saying.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Business

1 Comment

Google buys Motorola’s cellphone branch, which, apparently, is good news for RIM

RIM’s problems run deeper than its tablet sales (Image: The GameWay)

The big news from Wall Street this morning is that Google found some $12 billion in its sofa cushions and decided to splurge on a cellphone maker. Motorola Mobile, the cellphone division that’s responsible for some of the better Android smartphones on the market, is now going to be part of the Google cult family. While at first glance this marriage of search giant and tech factory would seem like bad news, bizarrely, it actually might be good news for Research in Motion (and, really, the first the BlackBerry maker has heard in a while).

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Business

1 Comment

Does RIM just not get the gadget market?

RIM is getting rocked (Image: Andy Mihail)

Research in Motion took another beating on the markets this morning, plunging 21 per cent after another disappointing earnings report. The company’s stock is now trading at less than half of what it was a year ago and about one fifth of what it was worth at its all-time high back in 2008. So, what’s killing the Waterloo-based company in the cellphone market? Really, its technology isn’t horribly worse than Apple’s or Google’s—and it’s certainly a long way from Nokia. One theory comes from an ex-employee: that RIM has relied on its business customers for far too long and can’t compete in a market driven by consumer gadget lust.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Business

4 Comments

Canadian CEO brings Nokia what it needs: balls

Canadians may not have a reputation for being brash, assertive leaders, but every once in a while we still manage to surprise: Nokia’s Ancaster-born CEO Stephen Elop has been making waves this week by shaking up the struggling cellphone giant. Earlier this week, a memo from Elop to Nokia staff leaked to tech site Engadget. In it, Elop said there had been too many bad decisions at Nokia over the years and that “we poured gasoline on our own burning platform.” With that bracing news out of the way, Nokia announced today that it’s abandoning its own attempt at building a smartphone operating system and throwing its lot in with Microsoft.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Random Stuff

3 Comments

RIM drops out of top five phone makers, while India demands more access

Top five phone vendors, from left to right: Nokia, Samsung, LG Electronics, ZTE and Apple. Not pictured: RIM

2010 was not a banner year for Waterloo-based Research in Motion. The company struggled to compete with the iPhone and Android-based devices, and its Playbook entered the world to pretty dismal reviews. The Blackberry maker hardly needed more bad news, but this morning, it got hit with a double whammy. First, the spat between RIM and the government of India continues to fester, with India now demanding unencrypted access to Blackberry traffic. Second, IDC Research revealed that RIM’s dropped out of the list of top five mobile phone makers.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Random Stuff

1 Comment

India gets RIM to cry uncle, Google and Skype up next

The big news in the tech world today is that Waterloo-based Research in Motion seems to have struck a deal to keep Blackberrys working in the subcontinent. There are no details on what, exactly, RIM conceded to the Indian government, but more or less, everyone is assuming that crackberries are about to get a lot less secure from Indian government investigation.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Random Stuff

Comments

Hold the phone: eight other mobiles that apparently fall victim to the Apple death grip

Yesterday, we rounded up the reactions of such companies as RIM and Nokia after a seemingly desperate Steve Jobs spread the blame around the industry in noting that their phones also drop calls when the user squeezes the external antenna. Turns out there was some truth to his claim, so today we’ve compiled a collection of YouTube videos that seem to show how eight other cellphones fall victim to the now-legendary Apple death grip. Enjoy »

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement