Friday, June 17, 2005

WORAROUND IT IS! Research In Motion has claimed to have come up with a "workaround" to skirt patents at the center of its legal battle with NTP. Supposedly, the technology could be presently used with all existing BlackBerry email devices.

"We've completed the workaround," RIM chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie told CNET's "We've tested it and we have a legal opinion on it. We have it as an option."
In a phone interview, Balsillie declined to give specifics on the technology, citing both companies' nondisclosure agreements and RIM's so-called quiet period prior to announcing its earnings.
Balsillie said he is prepared to win the long-running legal battle and was encouraged that the director of the U.S. Patent Trademark office asked that four of the five patents in dispute be reexamined--a process that could take years.

UPDATE: Also worth noting, RIM has fast-tracked a challenge to a UK patent to fend off a German lawsuit against T- Mobile International AG, the mobile-phone unit of Deutsche Telekom AG. It wants the High Court in London to invalidate the British version of the patent, in a bid to stall proceedings in Germany

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