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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2003Aug5.html

    washingtonpost.com
    Lawsuit May Curtail Sales Of BlackBerrys


    By Joshua Partlow
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, August 6, 2003; Page E02


    A federal judge ruled yesterday that Research in Motion Ltd. must stop selling some versions of its popular BlackBerry e-mail pagers because of patent infringements if the company fails to reverse the decision on appeal.

    U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer found that Ontario-based Research in Motion had violated patents held by NTP Inc. of Arlington for the radio-wave technology that undergirds the handheld BlackBerry. The judge ordered RIM to pay NTP $53.7 million in damages, interest and attorneys' fees.

    Spencer also ordered RIM to stop selling BlackBerry software and services and nine hand-held models. But the judge delayed imposing that decision because he said RIM would be "irreparably injured" without the chance to appeal.

    "If they don't win the appeal, the BlackBerry's off the market in the United States," said Jim Wallace, the lawyer for NTP.

    RIM said the judge's ruling was favorable because it stayed the injunction and allowed the company to keep selling its products. Henry Bunsow, a lawyer for RIM, said in a statement that the company continues "to believe the jury verdict was wrong as both a matter of law and fact."

    The BlackBerry, used by more than 600,000 subscribers, is a hand-held wireless device that allows people to send and receive e-mail messages. In November, a federal jury found RIM violated five patents on technology developed by Chicago area engineer Thomas J. Campana Jr.

    Research in Motion's stock price fell 11 percent for the day to close at $25.12 and dropped further in after-hours trading.



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    I can't help but get enjoyment from this after rimm went after handspring for copying their thumbpad idea.
    David
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    yeah
    Last edited by mwylde; 08/11/2003 at 02:11 PM.
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