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Legal Issues: Lawsuit Threatens BlackBerry Shutdown

Pike, George H. (2006) Legal Issues: Lawsuit Threatens BlackBerry Shutdown. Information Today, 24 (2). 1 - ?. ISSN 8755-6286

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For over four years a dispute has raged between Research in Motion (RIM), the Ontario, Canada based manufacturer of the BlackBerry, and NTP, a Virginia company which holds several patents covering wireless e-mail technologies. NTP sued RIM claiming that the BlackBerry infringes on eight of NTP’s patents. A trial court agreed and awarded damages to NTP and issued and injunction preventing RIM from continuing to use the patented technology. So far, the injunction has been delayed by the courts. However, following four years of trial and appellate court decisions generally favoring NTP, a federal court in late November denied a proposed settlement. The court also agreed to consider imposing the long delayed injunction, which would prevent RIM from using the patented technology. Such an injunction could shut down the BlackBerry communications network. The lawsuit highlights the incredible complexity of patents governing the technology that we have come to take for granted. It also represents the difficulties associated with applying patent law to those patents.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Pike, George H.
Date: February 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Today
Volume: 24
Number: 2
Publisher: Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Page Range: 1 - ?
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: patent, infringement, technology, patents, patent, law, patents, global, patents, BlackbBerry, wireless, handheld, devices, wireless, communication, RIM, Research, in, Motion
ISSN: 8755-6286
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Date Deposited: 21 May 2009 20:55
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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