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RIM settles Blackberry patent case - no network shutdown

Antony Savvas

Blackberry manufacturer RIM has settled with patent holding company NTP over its patent infringements of NTP’s mobile push e-mail technology, meaning its US network will now not be shut down.

A judge hearing the long-running case had threatened to shut down the US Blackberry network if the two sides could not come to a settlement over damages.

Such a move would have meant that international Blackberry users would not have been able to use their devices in the US.

The two sides came to an agreement last Friday. The deal sees RIM paying NTP $612.5m (£360m) “for full and final settlement of all claims against it”, said RIM.

RIM says the payment covers access to all the NTP patents it will need in the future.

The payment also means that third-party suppliers and users of RIM’s push e-mail services will now not be open to any litigation from NTP.

RIM previously thought it had found a settlement with NTP last year, when it was willing to pay out $450m to settle, but the court dealing with the case said the settlement was unenforceable.

The court has now accepted the latest settlement and closed the case.

The extra $162.5m RIM will now pay will be reflected in its fourth quarter financial results due on 6 April.


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