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RIM Facing BlackBerry Ban

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) may face a sales ban in at least three countries if it does not reach a new royalties deal with Nokia.

Nokia has asked courts in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to back a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling to keep RIM from selling devices using wireless local access network systems (WLAN) until the companies reach a royalties agreement.

“RIM is liable to pay royalties and damages to Nokia for its … sales of any subscriber terminals (handsets or tablets) … compatible with the WLAN standard,” the arbitrator ruled Nov. 6.

Arbitration, which took place in Sweden in September, required both sides consent to be bound by the findings.

The ruling, which was not publicized until Nov. 28, is a big win for Nokia.

According to IDG News Service, Nokia has already asked a California court to enforce an arbitration award. Filing such a claim after a dispute is settled through arbitration is standard procedure when one party does not honor the agreement.

“RIM and its U.S. subsidiary RIM Corporation nevertheless continue to violate the award and breach the underlying agreement, through actions including but not limited to the unauthorized manufacture and sale of WLAN products within this district [Northern California] and throughout the United States,” states Nokia’s claim.

According to IDG News, Nokia is requesting the court sanction the arbitration award. Nokia also points out in its claim that the U.S., Finland, Canada and Sweden are all signatories to the 1958 New York Convention governing international arbitration.

Meanwhile, RIM has announced the next phase of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program.

The BlackBerry Dev Alpha C will allow developers to test their BlackBerry 10 applications in anticipation of the launch of the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY device next year.

“We’re only producing a limited number of these testing devices, and they will be reserved on a priority list for developers who have demonstrated that they are building apps for BlackBerry 10,” the Inside BlackBerry Developer blog reads.

“Distribution will be limited to developers who submit two or more BlackBerry 10 apps; these developers will be given priority seeding for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C.”

The point system for developers includes:

• 50 points for ported Android applications.

• 250 points for all other applications.

• 1,500 points for Built For BlackBerry certified application.

• BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A/B recipients start with 200 points.

• BlackBerry Elite Members start with 200 points.

The offer runs from Dec. 1 through Feb, 5. Click here for more details on the program.


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Jennifer Cowan

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