NTP to give 30 day's notice of Blackberry network shutdown

NTP, the company suing Blackberry maker RIM for patent infringements, is proposing to give customers a 30-day cut-off period before shutting down RIM’s US Blackberry push e-mail network.

NTP, the company suing Blackberry maker RIM for patent infringements, is proposing to give customers a 30-day cut-off period before shutting down RIM’s US Blackberry push e-mail network.

RIM is still trying to find a settlement to the long-running case, but NTP is determined to shut down the US network if one is not imminent. Such a move would mean that European Blackberry users would not be able to use their devices in the US when travelling.

To alleviate concerns from US government Blackberry users, NTP has proposed to the court dealing with the case that government workers should be exempt from the network shutdown, and that they would be able to continue using their devices.

NTP tabled a settlement proposal for RIM at the end of last year, which was rejected by RIM. RIM’s previous $450m (£265m) settlement proposal was not acceptable to the court, which said it was unenforceable.

The case has been going on since 2001 and came to a head after NTP won a judgement against RIM and the court agreed to order a network shutdown if a settlement could not be found.

The two sides are due to meet in court again next month.

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