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Motorola files patent suit against RIM

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Motorola RIM suit? patent infringement? Wi-Fi?

Motorola Inc. has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) saying that Research In Motion Ltd (RIM)has engaged in unfair trade practices by the importation and sale of RIM products that infringe on five of Motorola's patents.

The five patents listed in Motorola's complaint relate to certain early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas, such as Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management, that are now being used by RIM. These patented technologies are important to Motorola as they allow for more comprehensive connectivity, a better user experience and lower product costs.

Motorola has requested that the ITC commence an investigation into RIM's use of Motorola's patents and, among other things, issue an Exclusion Order barring RIM's importation of infringing products; prohibiting further sales of infringing products that have already been imported; and halting the marketing, advertising, demonstration and warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of such imported products in the United States.

Jonathan Meyer, senior VP of IP law, Motorola, said, "Through its early-stage development of the cellular industry and billions of dollars spent on research and development, Motorola has created an industry-leading IP portfolio that is respected by the entire telecommunications industry. In light of RIM's continued unlicensed use of Motorola's patents, RIM's use of delay tactics in our current patent litigation, and RIM's refusal to design out Motorola's proprietary technology, Motorola had no choice but to file a complaint with the ITC to halt RIM's continued infringement. Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its R&D and IP, which are critical to the company's business."





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