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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...
  • Fifth and Last NTP Patent Rejected [Blackberry Case]

    02/01/2006 7:08:50 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 5 replies · 628+ views
    CIO ^ | 1 February 2006 | Al Sacco
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has issued a non-final rejection of a fifth patent in NTP’s lawsuit against Research In Motion (RIM), according to a lawyer for NTP, Reuters reports. Research In Motion is the maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld, and the case could lead to a shutdown of RIM’s U.S. sales and services. The PTO has currently issued non-final rejections of all five patents in the BlackBerry infringement case, currently pending before a federal judge, the article says. James Wallace, an NTP attorney, said the company has the opportunity to respond within 30 days, after which...
  • 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: Lawsuit a marketing move?

    12/16/2005 1:22:40 PM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 278+ views
    UPI ^ | December 16, 2005 | UPI
    CHICAGO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed this week against Microsoft Corp. might be part of a sophisticated marketing and media strategy to better position the wireless software company filing the patent case, Visto Corp., as an another, viable alternative to the Blackberry mobile e-mail system, experts tell United Press International's Wireless World. The maker of Blackberry, the popular, hand-held device for mobile messaging, recently lost a crucial court ruling in a separate patent case which threatens to shutter its national network here in the U.S. That case is ongoing, and a judge may issue an order permanently prohibiting...
  • BlackBerry Service Faces Shutdown

    12/16/2005 7:41:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 952+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | December 16, 2005 | Rhys Blakely and Agencies
    The BlackBerry service, based on the handheld e-mail device that has become a must-have tool for the business elite, could be shutdown in the United States after a bitter legal battle over a key patent. This week, NTP, a small firm that holds a crucial patent that allows e-mails to be sent to mobile devices, announced a licence agreement with Visto Corp - an arch-rival of Research In Motion. (RIM), the company that created the BlackBerry. The announcement could put further pressure on RIM to settle a patent claim from NTP which could be worth up to $1 billion (£565...
  • Settlement Rejected in BlackBerry Case

    12/10/2005 7:53:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 463+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 10, 2005
    TORONTO, Dec. 9 (Reuters) - The patent holding company NTP Inc. has rejected an offer by Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, to settle their patent dispute and the two sides are not currently negotiating, NTP's co-founder, Don Stout, said Friday. Mr. Stout said Research In Motion had made an "unacceptable" written offer Thursday to settle their patent infringement case, a lawsuit that could shut down the popular BlackBerry e-mail service in the United States. "They have responded yesterday in a manner which is unacceptable so we're not negotiating," Mr. Stout said. Research In Motion did not...
  • 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...
  • Fearful Messagers Cross Their Thumbs [Blackberry addicts worried]

    12/02/2005 7:12:51 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies · 853+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2 December 2005 | Yuki Noguchi
    Todd Boulanger's day starts when his BlackBerry's alarm rings at 7:15 a.m. He rolls over and checks the wireless device for e-mail. The Washington lobbyist checks it 30 times a day, sometimes at two-minute intervals. He e-mails Hill staffers, co-workers, friends, clients and his wife, all of whom check their own BlackBerrys just as religiously, and respond within minutes. Such devotion has brought lots of money to BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., but courts have repeatedly decided the underpinning technology belongs to a tiny Northern Virginia patent holding company, NTP Inc. In coming weeks, a U.S. District Court judge...