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Startup sues RIM over wireless e-mail patent

Good Technology confirmed yesterday that it has filed suit against rival Research In Motion (RIM) over a patent RIM holds on delivering wireless e-mail messages.

In an apparent peremptory move, the startup is asking a California court for a declaratory judgment stating that it does not infringe upon RIM's Single Mailbox Integration patent. The patent relates to how information is directed from a host computer to RIM's popular BlackBerry wireless devices.

Good Technology uses similar technology in its wireless e-mail service, and is asking the court for protection against a patent infringement claim.

Although Good Technology executives declined to comment on the details of the suit, a report published in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday said that Good Technology thought there was a high probability that RIM would make a patent infringement claim.

"Research In Motion has been vocal about protecting its single mailbox patent," Good Technology said in a statement.

According to the WSJ, RIM sued Glenayre Technologies subsidiary Glenayre Electronics last year over the same patent and settled that suit last February. Under the settlement agreement, Glenayre accepted the validity of RIM's patent and agreed to work with the company to integrate its services with BlackBerry devices.

No one from RIM was immediately available for comment.

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