At a time when it could really use a break, Research In Motion can’t catch one. Nokia is seeking a U.S. ban on BlackBerry sales for any devices that use the 802.11 wireless LAN standard, according to Computerworld. The standard is better known as Wi-Fi, and most BlackBerry smartphones use it. Nokia is now asking a U.S. District Court in California to enforce a sales ban; the result of a nine-day arbitration event held in September between Nokia and RIM.
Research In Motion can possibly put an end to the ban before it even begins by working out a royalty rate with Nokia. Per the filing, Nokia says “[RIM] is not entitled to manufacture or sell products compatible with the WLAN standard without first agreeing with Nokia on the royalty to be paid for its manufacture and/or sale of subscriber terminals compatible with such standards.”