RIM settles wireless patent dispute with $450m payment


RIM settles wireless patent dispute with $450m payment

Antony Savvas

RIM has splashed out $450m (£250m) to settle a patent dispute over its use of wireless connectivity technology used by its Blackberry e-mail devices.

RIM is paying the sum to NTP who won a court case after claiming Canada-based RIM infringed its patents.

The settlement covers past damages awarded and a license to use the NTP technology in the future.

The settlement also covers RIM’s partners, including wireless operators and developers, as well as customers currently using Blackberry devices.

RIM said the settlement will impact on its fourth quarter results expected early next month.

As well as selling Blackberry devices, RIM sells software that is installed on mail servers that automatically “pushes” users’ e-mails to their mobile devices. RIM is the market leader in mobile e-mail products.

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