RIM Denied Supreme Court Appeal

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The chief justice of the United States on Wednesday declined to suspend a patent infringement ruling against the maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device while the Supreme Court considers whether to hear an appeal. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a request by Research In Motion Ltd. to stay a lower court’s patent infringement ruling while the high court decides whether to hear a RIM appeal.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM could still refile its request for a stay with one of the other Supreme Court justices. But RIM said in a statement it expected the next step in the case would be a scheduling conference before a lower court, which could be held within weeks, setting the timing for further proceedings.

RIM shares rose 42 cents to $57.82 in mid-afternoon trading on Nasdaq.