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Nokia pursues sales ban on BlackBerry smartphones

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Nokia is seeking a sales ban on BlackBerry smartphones in various territories after a patent dispute with Research in Motion (RIM) ignited.

The Finnish firm is seeking an injunction against all of the manufacturer's handsets in the UK, US and Canada alleging breach of contract in a licensing deal with RIM.

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Nokia claims the BlackBerry maker should be prohibited from releasing devices that use a specific type of Wi-Fi connectivity owned by the Lumia platform holder.

RIM argues that a previous licensing deal it struck up with Nokia covers the patent, but a recent arbitration ruling by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in Sweden disagreed.

The struggling Canadian company is also locked in patent lawsuits with SoftVault Systems and Lochner as its prepares to launch its BB10 operating system, which many analysts believe represents its last hope of remaining profitable.

"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," UK-based patent attorney Andrew Alton told BBC News.

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

The BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system will be formally unveiled at a launch event on January 30, 2013.

Watch a preview of Blackberry 10 below:

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