Monthly Archive for December, 2005Page 3 of 15

NTP Patents Likely To Get Rejected

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The technology patents at the heart of an infringement lawsuit by NTP against Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, are likely to be struck down by the United States patent office, both companies said on Monday, a move that would be a setback for NTP.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office took the unusual step of notifying the companies that it expected to reject the five patents held by NTP in its final rulings.

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Palm profit, revenue, shares jump

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After Palm announced its eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth, its shares shot up yesterday by more than 7% to $33.08 in after-hours trading on the Nasdaq. The company shipped more than one million Treos in the first half of its calendar 2006, which is almost as many as it shipped in its full fiscal 2005.

And those shipments, according to Palm chief executive, Ed Colligan, were not bumped by the potential legal shut-down of rival Research in Motion Ltd’s business. (US patent house NTP had sued BlackBerry maker RIM for alleged patent infringement, which may result in a closure of RIM’s US service).

“I don’t believe RIM’s issues in the courts are really making a significant impact on us at this point,” Colligan said, on a conference call.

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BlackBerry 8700 For $150

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BlackBerry 8700
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RIM To Report 3Q Earnings Today

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Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry handheld device, reports its earnings for the fiscal third quarter after the closing bell Wednesday. The following is a summary of expectations and developments for the period.

EXPECTATIONS: Research In Motion estimated its quarterly profit between 62 cents and 68 cents per share, with sales ranging from $540 million to $570 million. On average, analysts polled by Thomson Financial predict income of 65 cents per share and $549.2 million in sales.

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Patent Abuse Article By Jim Balsillie

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The following article is written by RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie and was originally published in The Wall Street Journal:

The patent system is a complex and integral part of the U.S. economy. At the same time virtually all experts, including the Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO), agree that the system needs reform. As the co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM) — the company behind BlackBerry — I have directly witnessed one of the most flagrant abuses of the patent system and have developed a unique appreciation for some of the problems that need to be addressed.

Few contest that the U.S. patent system is overburdened. Only a few weeks ago, Patent and Trademark Commissioner John Doll was reported saying: “When you’ve got 1.3 million cases in the backlog, and it’s taking [four to six] years to take a first office action, you’ve got to ask the question: Is the patent system still actually working, or are we just stamping numbers on the applications as they come through?”

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GoldenPalace.com Releases New Blackberry Games

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GoldenPalaceMobile.com, the Internet’s #1 Casino, has released a new set of exciting games for your RIM Blackberry 7000 series device. A while back, we did a write-up on GoldenPalaceMobile.com’s BlackJack game for RIM Blackberry 7000 devices. At the time, we were quite satisfied with the graphics and game experience based on a real-time data wireless connection to their game server.

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