BlackBerry Bests Motorola in Patent Brouhaha

Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, has beaten Motorola in a dispute over patent infringement.

A British court has ruled that RIM did not infringe on a Motorola patent pertaining to e-mail – the same patent that Motorola is challenging with the International Trade Commission in the U.S.  Legally, this ruling has no bearing on the case in the States, but whether the influence of the decision has any impact remains to be seen.

In a statement, RIM basically says that Motorola’s claims against the Canada-based phone maker are just sour grapes.

“Motorola has been trying to compensate for its losses in the marketplace and its inability to sell its mobile division by resorting to court actions that are designed to help negotiate unreasonable royalty rates. RIM has always been willing to pay a reasonable royalty rate for any required license and today’s court ruling is consistent with RIM’s longstanding view that Motorola has simply been acting unreasonably.”

The two companies have been at it for a couple of years now, both citing patent infringement by the other. Motorola says RIM is illegally profiting from five of its patents and has asked for a ban on the marketing and demonstration of BlackBerrys in the U.S. Motorola will continue to defend what it says its intellectual property.


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