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RIM, Motorola enter into license pact, settle all litigations

Blackberry-maker Research-In-Motion and telecom major Motorola have entered into a global settlement and licensing agreement, ending all litigations between them.

business Updated: Jun 11, 2010 21:04 IST

Blackberry-maker Research-In-Motion and telecom major Motorola have entered into a global settlement and licensing agreement, ending all litigations between them.

The pact between the two companies includes undisclosed payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola. In addition, the two entities would transfer certain patents to each other.

Canada-based RIM today said it has entered into a "settlement and license agreement" with Motorola, that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies.

The long-term, intellectual property cross-licensing arrangement involves the two firms receiving cross licenses of various patent rights, including those related to certain industry standards and technologies like 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless e-mail, RIM said in a statement.

Both the companies, which have good presence in India, noted that they "will transfer certain patents to each other".

Without disclosing the exact details, the statement said, "the financial terms of the agreement include an upfront payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola".

In January, Motorola had alleged that RIM engaged in unfair trade practices by selling products that infringe five of the US firm's patents.

Motorola had lodged a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) related to five of its patents that were being allegedly infringed upon by RIM.

At that time, the American cellphone-maker had said that patented technologies are important for it, as they allow for more comprehensive connectivity, a better user experience and lower product costs.

In recent times, a host of companies, including Apple and Nokia, have been locked in patent litigations related to various technologies.

A few months back, Eastman Kodak Company had filed a lawsuit against RIM alleging violation of patent related to digital imaging technology.

Last December, Apple had counter-sued Nokia for patent violations, claiming that the Finnish mobile device-maker is
infringing on 13 of the iPhone-maker's patents.

Apple's move had come after Nokia had in October, 2009, sued it, claiming the iPhone-maker was infringing on its patents.