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November 30, 2005

RIM Loses Another Round in Patent Litigation

U.S. District Judge James Spencer denied Research In Motion's request to delay proceedings while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reviews the patents which RIM was found to have infringed.  This could potentially cause RIM to shut down operations in the United States.

In a second ruling, Judge Spencer declared that the settlement agreement reached earlier between RIM and NTP, the patent holder, was not valid.  The agreement was reached in June but was never finalized.  RIM claims they have a workaround that can prevent BlackBerry customers from being disconnected.

The court will now hold hearings on injunctive relief and damages, which at last estimate were around $210 million.

More on this is here.

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