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Bye Bye Blackberry

DRB

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Oct 24, 2002
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10265694/

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. was pushed closer to a possible shutdown of its popular U.S. mobile e-mail service after a judge refused to delay a patent infringement case.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer Wednesday ruled invalid a $450 million settlement between RIM and NTP Inc., a small patent holding firm of McLean, Va., that maintains the technology behind the popular BlackBerry infringes on its patents.
Spencer’s decisions raise more uncertainties for BlackBerry users in the United States, where most of the company’s 3.65 million customers are based. The judge could next consider re-issuing an injunction that threatens to shut down BlackBerry service in this country. Spencer granted an injunction in 2003 after the patent-holding company successfully sued RIM in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia, but the ruling was stayed pending appeal.
 

Ridemonkey

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Sep 18, 2002
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Toronto, Canada
That sucks...RIM was started by University student in a little town near here. Rags to riches kinda deal from what I recall...oh well, I'm sure he has his money out by now.
 

Tenchiro

Attention K Mart Shoppers
Jul 19, 2002
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New England
Ridemonkey said:
That sucks...RIM was started by University student in a little town near here. Rags to riches kinda deal from what I recall...oh well, I'm sure he has his money out by now.
Went to college but wasn't smart enough to avoid patent violations.
 

Silver

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Jul 20, 2002
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Orange County, CA
Anyone have the gist of the patents? I'm willing to bet that they are pretty vague process patents.

You're going to see more of this, by the way. Big firms are patenting everything under the sun just so they have a big warchest of patents ready to bargain with. It's a little like MAD.
 

Transcend

My Nuts Are Flat
Apr 18, 2002
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Towing the party line.
Tenchiro said:
I remember when the right click process was patented. Around the same time the hotlink concept was.
Ya, businesses and the us patent office are out of control.

Silver: they are indeed process patents. I believe it is the whole idea of "push" technologies. IE you get your email basically forwaded to the phone, without the phone needing to poll the server.