RIM battles Xerox over patents

Research in Motion (RIM) and Xerox have entered into negotiations after RIM filed a lawsuit on 17 July against Xerox to protect...

Research in Motion (RIM) and Xerox have entered into negotiations after RIM filed a lawsuit on 17 July against Xerox to protect itself against allegations of patent infringements by the printer company.

Xerox claimed that RIM used some of its patented technology in its BlackBerry handheld devices.

Both RIM and Xerox declined to comment on the specifics of the suit, but said,  "RIM asked the court to enter a declaratory judgement as a defensive measure. RIM and Xerox are working together to reach an amicable resolution."

RIM also faces allegations from NTP Software, which filed a complaint in November 2001 over eight alleged patent infringements that surfaced in the BlackBerry e-mail device.

In May, the US Federal Court  ruled in NTP’s favour, however some aspects of the case are still subject to appeal.

Rebecca Reid writes for ITWorldCanada.com

 

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