Thursday, January 27, 2005

OVER? DID YOU SAY OVER? Nothing is over until we decide it is! The Canadian creators of the BlackBerry, the wildly successful wireless e-mail device embraced by so many Americans, say they will take their patent dispute with a Virginia company all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

And the Canadian government has also stepped into the patent infringement case, determined to protect the nation's greatest high-tech success story.

Canada claims a recent U.S. federal court ruling against Research in Motion Ltd., the Ontario-based makers of the BlackBerry, threatens to have a "troubling effect of chilling innovation by Canadian companies."

Henry Bunsow, an attorney representing Research in Motion, said the company would not settle out of court and is prepared to argue before the U.S. high court.

Research in Motion claims its BlackBerry relay server - through which all e-mails pass - is based in Waterloo, Ontario, so U.S. patent laws have no jurisdiction, even though most of its 2 million subscribers are below the 49th parallel.

Dennis Crouch from Patently Obvious gives a nice demonstration on his blog.

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