Research In Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry services will stay up and running “no matter what happens,” Co- Chief Executive Officer James Balsillie said in an interview.
The maker of BlackBerry devices, facing a possible shutdown of its U.S. e-mail service as it fights a patent suit by NTP Inc., last week said it’s testing software that avoids the patents so it can continue service to more than 3 million U.S. users.
“Patents are a big issue in the wireless space right now,” Balsillie said today in an interview at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. “We have a software workaround, so no matter what happens the Blackberry service is going to stay up and running.”
Concern of a shutdown led clients including United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. to consider using an alternative service. Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion, which makes almost 70 percent of its sales in the U.S., says the fix works as well as the current system, which may soothe concerns of customers such as shipping companies UPS and FedEx.
“You are seeing so many large companies and small companies and so much litigation happening, and I think it’s something that’s really being worked through the industry as it emerges and grows,” Balsillie said. “We’re very fortunate that we’ve still been able to expand dramatically in spite of the kind of issues it brings about.”