RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... with cash
Peace has broken out between patent battling firms Nokia and RIM: the pair have signed a technology licensing agreement that will kill off all litigation between them.
Nokia announced that, as part of the deal, it will take a one-off payment as well as ongoing payments from the BlackBerry biz, but it wouldn't reveal any details of just how much it was getting.
"We are very pleased to have resolved our patent licensing issues with RIM and reached this new agreement, while maintaining Nokia's ability to protect our unique product differentiation," Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia, said in a canned statement.
"This agreement demonstrates Nokia's industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market."
Nokia is suffering in the smartphone popularity stakes, but it has an enviable mobile technology patent portfolio compared to chart-topping newcomers in the market, namely Apple and Google. RIM is also pretty patently secure, but its once popular BlackBerry handsets have failed to hold on to their share of the market, and the firm has all its hopes pinned on its BlackBerry 10 launch.
Any ongoing patent infringement cases between RIM and Nokia are now over, and the firms have also withdrawn pending actions in the US, UK and Canada.
The agreement comes not long after Apple settled up its patent disputes with HTC, so this could be seen as the start of an outbreak of peace between all the warring firms, which would be nice since then they could get back to making useful gadgets.
Unfortunately, it's more likely that troubled RIM couldn't wriggle out of signing a settlement with Nokia after an arbitration tribunal ruled that RIM wasn't sticking to its part in a cross-licensing deal it made with Nokia ten years ago. ®
Re: Microsoft the patent troll - and it's slave, Nokia
Speaking as an ex-S60 fella, that's a bit glib. Nokia's true innovation was always in hardware and bits of the stack so low-level that they may as well be hardware (radio signalling, etc). These patents are often "real" ie reflect real cleverness and are still relevant for producing phones as Nokia still does - to call this trolling simply debases the term. Of course I'm sure they're exercising other flimsy patents too because (a) when loading a blunderbuss you care more about the quantity of shit rammed down the muzzle than the quality and (b) all companies do this, otherwise their shareholders/boards should ask why they aren't pursuing returns (it's crap, but how the game is playing right now).
And as for Nokia software, well the organisation had been rotting for years, ever-larger, ever-slower, usability issues deflected with the mantra "works as designed" so that internal testers learnt not to bother raising defects, kludges bolted atop hacks to such a depth that down in the infernal gloom there might even be diamonds forming, though probably just coal from fossilised "software architects", still trapped in a strategising session... you can taste the disdain of the Kernel engineers that when required to add a mechanism for a process to be launched with yet bigger stacks to accommodate the newest reeking pile of shims and frameworks they called it "CreateWithStackOverride()" rather than just adding a third Create() overload.
So along with some excellent hardware guys Elop especially fired a load of people who though often individually bright and surprisingly often even still motivated were trapped in a dysfunctional hairball and producing too little value too late. Good riddance to us all! Think of it like a forest - once a tree is senescent all it does is lock up nutrients and block out light - let it fall, let it rot, let the good parts flow out to build newer and healthier things (for a while, till those plants in their turn become wizened)
fact-free article, that
All that is says is that various outlets are out of stock. One could hazard a guess that production is limited by the fancy camera (which despite the fake advertising is clearly ahead of its competition - just not as far ahead as the adverts portrayed it).
So it could be doing well, but on the other side of the coin if the sales numbers were really impressive Nokia would put out an immediate press release (something like "3 million 920s sold in first 3 weeks!!!") which would be a more effective way of stoking the hype machine.
With claims of "sold out" there is no useful info unless backed by a statement along the lines of "we had X many but now we are sold out".
While I agree that the 920 seems to be selling very strongly, SeekingAlpha is a cesspool of stock-pumpers at best, and uninformed fanboys at worst. Believe absolutely nothing you read there.
Actually, the same goes for WallStreet Cheat Sheet and the Motley Fool and all the other "crowd-sourced" stock analysis sites. One day, if they get their act together and shape up, these sites might become a wretched hive of scum an villainy.