US Blackberry users given stay of execution

Blackberry users in the US still have a service after a US judge decided not to immediately turn off the company’s push e-mail service as a result of a patent dispute.

Blackberry users in the US still have a service after a US judge decided not to immediately turn off the company’s push e-mail service as a result of a patent dispute.

The case between Blackberry manufacturer RIM and NTP has been running since 2002, and the pair have failed to settle the matter out of court since a jury ruled that RIM had infringed NTP’s patents.

The district judge who has to make a final ruling on what compensation RIM should pay to NTP could have enforced an early injunction against RIM last Friday, which would have closed down the Blackberry network in the US.

This would have meant that international Blackberry users visiting the US would not have been able to get their e-mail.

However, the judge decided not to issue an immediate ruling on the compensation and what action should be taken against RIM.

The judge said he would reveal his decision "as soon as reasonably possible".

The US government has already lobbied the court to make sure that federal Blackberry employees should still be able to use their devices if the network is switched off for the general public – something NTP has agreed to try and facilitate.

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