Monthly Archive for December, 2005Page 4 of 15

Winner of Weekend Contest ‘RIM and The Media’

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This weekend contest asked whether RIM’s non-disclosure stance was the proper way to handle their legal issues with NTP. Not long after we brought up that question, this week RIM came out fighting and took their message to the media. New announcements include, RIM will be reporting the details of the workaround, Balsillie accusing NTP of abusing the US patent system, and then publicly coming out that they will settle for a fair rate.

This weekend winner is Rob, who also brought up the issue of the broken down patent system.

The greater theme in this case is the issue with the US Patent System. You have one small company in Virginia, that was only started to horde patents and would never build a product. Whereas RIM has built a very successful company with a functioning product that people love and rely on.

For his troubles, Rob wins a free 1-year subscription to Pocket Express.

Balsillie: NTP abusing U.S. Patent System

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Research In Motion took its high-stakes battle to protect its BlackBerry business to a new venue yesterday, with its chairman arguing through the media that adversary NTP Inc. has been abusing the U.S. patent system. RIM chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie said in an opinion article published in The Wall Street Journal that NTP “has been aggressively working to exploit the burdens of the U.S. patent system.”

He said that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office has now “soundly rejected” all of NTP’s claims to the patents that are at the centre of a legal dispute that threatens to block BlackBerry sales in the United States.

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RIM Would Settle For A Fair Rate

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Despite expectations by industry and legal analysts that Research in Motion Ltd. would settle its ongoing patent dispute with NTP Inc., the BlackBerry maker came out swinging Monday, bolstered by recent decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that call NTP’s claims into question.

RIM lashed out Monday with an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal accusing NTP of prolonging the PTO’s reexamination of the patents in hopes of getting a U.S. injunction on the sale of BlackBerry devices and services before its patents are struck down. RIM is willing to settle the case, and would agree to pay a fair royalty rate, but only as long as the patents in the case remain valid, wrote Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-chief executive officer of RIM, in the essay published Monday.

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RIM Co-CEO says NTP “workaround” details out soon

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BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. will soon be able to disclose details of a software “workaround” it believes will prevent a shutdown of its U.S. service resulting from its patent fight with NTP Inc., RIM’s co-chief executive said on Monday. RIM’s Jim Balsillie also said he believes the Canadian technology firm was vindicated by “non-final” U.S. patent office rulings last week that struck down two NTP patents.

“We hope and trust the courts will consider these developments. If they don’t, we do a software workaround and we keep our business going as we always have, as we always will,” he told Reuters in an interview.

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Keeping Full Brightness on Blackberry 8700

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One of the new features of the 8700 is the new intelligent light sensor that automatically optimizes screen lighting levels for indoor and outdoor viewing. In most cases the auto sensor works fairly well but in situations where there is no light or not much light we found that the brightness is not enough. If you’re new to the 8700 you probably were looking for the light button on the bottom right, but then you find out it’s not there anymore. It’s actually still there, but it is now labelled as the power button which can be located on the top of the Blackberry. It has three settings, press once to turn the screen to full brightness, press a second time to turn off screen, and a third to turn on the automatic light sensor setting.

RIM Appeals To Supreme Court (again)

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RIM has written a petition to The Supreme Court to hear its appeal from the Federal Circuit’s decision that that was decided in NTP’s favor in August, 2005. The main argument for RIM is that some of the BlackBerry architect resides in Canada, which makes NTP patents void. They cite,

Under § 271(a) of the Patent Act, “use” infringement is expressly limited to use of a patented invention “within the United States.” The question presented is: Whether an Internet-based global telecommunications system, such as the BlackBerry wireless email system, is used “within the United States,” where components crucial to the system’s operation are located outside the United States.

According To David Crouch of Patently-O, in the past 2 years the Court has turned down at least two cases involving extraterritorial application of the patent laws, one being Microsoft v. Eolas.

You can download the petition here …