RIM says speaking to NTP through Mediator

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Research In Motion Ltd. has been speaking to patent holding firm NTP Inc. through a court-appointed mediator, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless device said late on Wednesday.

“As NTP knows, RIM and NTP had been communicating with each other through the court-appointed mediator during the last several days. We are precluded by law from discussing the substance of that exchange. RIM expects to continue communications through that channel,” Mark Guibert, RIM’s vice-president of corporate marketing said in an e-mail.

NTP co-founder Don Stout told Reuters on Wednesday the patent holding company had not talked with RIM since June about settling a lawsuit that could shut down RIM’s U.S. service. Looks like both companies have started to play the media and are now in a full PR war. Let’s hope that things don’t become too much a soapbox between NTP and RIM.