Patent-Infringment Claim Filed Against RIM/BlackBerry

Could BlackBerry be banned from the U.S.?

Sure, it’s a remote possibility, but that’s one extreme that could result if a U.S. company wins a legal battle with BlackBerry-parent Research In Motion.

Filing a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Prism Technologies of Omaha, Neb., says RIM is violating an authentication-system patent. Prism says the company’s desktop software, servers and cherished BlackBerry cell phones are in violation.

At the center of the complaint is the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution. It’s popular among business customers.

Prism first made the claim more than a year ago in federal court, which RIM is challenging. Microsoft was also named in that complaint. The Redmond, Wash.-based computer giant settled its case with Prism three months ago.

If the ITC agrees to hear this latest case, don’t expect it to wrap up until at least early 2011.

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