Nokia seeking BlackBerry handset sales ban: Update

Update: BlackBerry responds to possible sales ban

In the wake of a recent patent dispute between the two companies, Finnish phone giant Nokia has confirmed it is to seek a sales ban against a selection of BlackBerry handsets.

With Nokia suggesting that a recent court ruling means that its Canadian smartphone rival should not be producing devices that incorporate a common Wi-Fi connectivity standard without paying a licencing fee, the Nokia Lumia 920 manufacturer has revealed it will seek to have BlackBerry handsets barred from sale until a deal is reached.

With Nokia petitioning courts around the world in a bid to introduce a BlackBerry sales ban in the UK, US and Canada, the company has confirmed that it will target all current BlackBerry handsets “with the aim of ending RIM’s breach of contract.” Nokia currently licenses its Wi-Fi patents to more than 40 rival companies.

“Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and has built an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio of its own. RIM will respond to Nokia’s petitions in due course,” an official spokesperson for the company said in a statement to Trusted Reviews.

The timing of Nokia’s lawsuit will be of particular concern for the QWERTY loving manufacturer. With just two months to go until the launch of its make or break operating system, RIM recently confirmed a January 30 BlackBerry 10 release date.

“RIM has had a tough time losing market segment to other smartphones. And the future of the business is now going to be based on the success of its new operating system, which itself has been delayed,” Andrew Alton, a patent attorney with Urquhart-Dykes & Lord told the BBC.

“Anything else that diverts attention from getting that out there and products shipped and bought is going to be detrimental for the business.”

BlackBerry 10 Features
Expected to launch alongside two all new BlackBerry handsets including the repeatedly leaked, touchscreen based BlackBerry 10 London, the BlackBerry 10 operating system is RIM’s attempt at regaining lost ground in the smartphone market and a potential Android and iOS rival.

Kicking off a new direction for the BlackBerry brand, BB10 will have a more touchscreen centric ilk with a smoother and more immersive user experience in mind. Built around the new BlackBerry Flow UI which allows users to swipe between apps and menus without the need to repeatedly jump back and forth through the homescreen, BB10 will also introduce the BlackBerry Hub.

Still supporting its business roots, BlackBerry is expected to pair a touchscreen handset with a more tradition QWERTY keyboard packing option from launch.

Are you holding out for a new BlackBerry 10 handset or do you think Nokia’s sales ban will have a knockon effect to the planned January 30 launch? Let us know your thoughts on the matter via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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