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  • Settlement Reached in BlackBerry Dispute

    03/03/2006 2:46:00 PM PST · by July 4th · 67 replies · 825+ views
    AP ^ | 3.3.2006 | Peter Svensson
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, Friday announced it has settled its long-running patent dispute with a small Virginia-based firm, averting a possible court-ordered shutdown of the BlackBerry system. RIM has paid NTP $612.5 million in a "full and final settlement of all claims," the companies said. The settlement ends a period of anxiety for BlackBerry users. At a hearing last week, NTP had asked a federal court in Richmond, Va., for an injunction blocking the continued use of key technologies underpinning BlackBerry's wireless e-mail service. RIM, which is based in...
  • U.S. Issues Rejection in BlackBerry Case

    02/22/2006 12:48:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 691+ views
    AP ^ | 2/22/6 | STEPHANIE STOUGHTON
    Richmond, Va. -- The U.S. patent office on Wednesday issued its first of several anticipated final rejections of patents held by NTP Inc. related to Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry device, two days before a judge will hear arguments on an injunction on the wireless e-mail service. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expected to issue final rejections of four other patents at the heart of the court case, but it's unclear when those actions could come. Another uncertainty is whether the agency's act will sway U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who has made it clear he is...
  • Hearing set on possible BlackBerry blackout

    01/28/2006 4:19:01 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 16 replies · 562+ views
    The next legal skirmish for Research in Motion in its long-running patent battle with NTP will take place Feb. 24 in a federal courtroom closely watched by customers worried that RIM's BlackBerry service could be shut down. U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer this week set the date for a hearing to consider a possible injunction against RIM, maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device. NTP has asked the court to close down the BlackBerry service in the U.S. and the manufacture and sale of the handhelds themselves. Both companies are scheduled to file opposing arguments in the case with...
  • Wireless World: Premature predictions?

    12/23/2005 11:50:56 AM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 364+ views
    UPI ^ | December 23, 2005 | UPI
    Predictions that the maker of BlackBerry wireless e-mail technology was about to collapse due to protracted and bitter patent litigation were premature, experts are now telling United Press International's Wireless World. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week rejected patent claims by NTP, the developer that has been suing Research in Motion, the owner of BlackBerry. The surprise move comes after lengthy litigation, which RIM was losing, and which led many to say that RIM might be shuttered, and even caused the U.S. government to develop contingency plans in the event that the wireless service went dark. By Gene...
  • NTP Seeks Royalty Payment To Settle BlackBerry Dispute (5.7% royalty)

    12/09/2005 11:04:31 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 190+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/9/05 | MARK HEINZL
    TORONTO -- NTP Inc. would settle its longstanding patent-infringement dispute with Research In Motion Ltd. for a payment equal to 5.7% of RIM's future U.S. BlackBerry revenue, according to a person familiar with the situation. It's not clear what amount such a royalty would represent, though it would likely be at least several hundreds of millions of dollars. NTP's patents last until 2012. RIM's revenue in the latest quarter was $490.1 million, and most of its BlackBerry subscribers are in the U.S. Walterloo, Ontario-based RIM and NTP, a Virginia patent holding firm, in March had announced a preliminary settlement in...