October 24, 2005

RIM's Patent Fight

The Research In Motion (RIM) and NTP patent fight has got to be the hottest thing going on in the technology industry today. RIM is the maker of widely used Blackberry devices.

I'm surprised that there isn't more coverage on this conflict since the results of this case will have repercussions for all wireless device manufacturers and users. So I thought there would be value in sharing what I've been to find about this.

After a review of my favorite Blogosphere sources I found a post on TECHtransfer101 with some insight on NTP's position. NTP is the company suing RIM. Here's a quote from that post:
"We will offer RIM a license, and we want an injunction unless
they sign. RIM has to make its mind up because it is running out of options."
On the other hand, Simon Avery of the Globe and Mail newspaper wrote an article that I think represents RIM's position. Here's a quote:
"RIM is hoping that the same judge will take into account
several developments that have occurred since he awarded the first injunction."
"RIM is also hoping that a re-examination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the disputed patents will influence the court's thinking. The PTO has issued initial rulings rejecting all claims of the patents. The patent review process, however, is expected to carry on much longer than the legal proceedings. ."
My thinking is that this case will not be resolved for a while

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