Judge sets BlackBerry case hearing date

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A federal judge on Wednesday set a Feb. 24 hearing date to consider a possible injunction on BlackBerry wireless e-mail service. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to intervene in the patent-infringement case being heard by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer. An injunction could block BlackBerry e-mail use among many of the estimated 3 million device owners in the United States.

Many analysts believe there’s little chance of a U.S. BlackBerry blackout because the device’s Canadian creator, Research In Motion Ltd., will settle the case with patent holder NTP Inc. or introduce a software solution to work around the patents. If Spencer orders a shutdown, he is likely to give users 30 days or more to switch to devices offered by competitors. NTP, based in Arlington, has said government and emergency workers would be exempt from the injunction.

  • BBcool

    So, if this blackout does happen, which I’m sure all of us are hoping won’t. The Government get’s an exemption, that is such bull that they would be able to keep their device, but we would have to switch. Makes no sense.

    Let’s just all hope that this doesn’t happen. There is not another device that works as well and is as reliable.

  • BBcool

    So, if this blackout does happen, which I’m sure all of us are hoping won’t. The Government get’s an exemption, that is such bull that they would be able to keep their device, but we would have to switch. Makes no sense.

    Let’s just all hope that this doesn’t happen. There is not another device that works as well and is as reliable.