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NTP Tries to “set the record straight”


In their latest press release NTP tries to “set the record straight” regarding RIM’s carriers and customers.

NTP said, “RIM’s public assertions that NTP has not proposed a license that protects its carriers is both disingenuous and intentionally misleading. It’s time to set the record straight: NTP has offered and continues to offer RIM a license that fully protects everyone — RIM’s customers, carriers, and partners. Our position on this issue is unambiguous and steadfast. It is mystifying to us how anyone could state otherwise. As such, NTP remains open to hearing any specific issues RIM has with our proposed agreements.”

This new tactic by NTP is pretty clever, the old divide-and-conquer routine. We see this as a move by NTP to get carriers to pressure RIM into settling, thus maybe causing some friction between RIM and its crucial carrier relantionships – but we doubt that will happen.

The circus that is RIM and NTP


Henry Bunsow, RIM\'s Attorny
They say wear dark blue suit to court because it somehow makes you look more innocent. But we didn’t know if you wore an American flag tie that it would confuse people to think that your company is actually American. The gentlemen wearing the tie is Henry Bunsow, RIM’s attorney who is flanked by RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie talking to reporters after the federal court hearing.

Caller name not displayed on Blackberry


You receive a phone call on your BlackBerry device, which is locked. The phone number is displayed, but not the name of the caller. The caller’s name and phone number are stored in the Address Book on your device. However, if the device is unlocked and the same contact calls your device, both the name and phone number are displayed.

This is actually a security precaution that RIM has implemented incase one’s Blackberry gets stolen and you don’t want to reveal your contacts.

To get the name displayed again, you will need to disable Content Protection:

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NTP Wants to Settle, but RIM says no way


NTP issued a public statement shortly after the hearing was over.

“We want all BlackBerry users to know that we have repeatedly attempted to settle this issue with RIM, including trying to meet with them this week,” the statement said.

“RIM has rejected our efforts, stalled the proceedings and attempted to undermine the process every step of the way. We have acted to protect our interests and will do so in the future as should all patent owners.”

However, Jim Balsillie co-CEO of RIM thinks otherwise, telling reporters after the trial “settlement has never been an option to date.”

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Gartner: Non-decision to force settlement


BlackBerry users have reacted to Friday’s judgment on the patent fight between NTP and RIM with relief. They are pleased that US District Court Judge James Spencer did not order a shutdown of the e-mail service and they said they feel renewed hope that a settlement will yet be struck.

The hearing “reinforces our believe that the two parties will now reach a settlement that will resolve this issue,” said Frank Gillman, director of technology at Allen Matkins, a Los Angeles-based law firm with 220 BlackBerry users.

A settlement is still likely, said Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner. “The judge pretty much told them today to find a settlement, and we’ve always said that’s the most likely outcome. Both sides have a lot to gain and a lot to lose.”

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RIM to come out with multimedia Blackberry


BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis is preparing to add cameras and music players to the most-popular handheld computer to match Palm Inc.’s Treo and Motorola Inc.’s Q phone.

“There’s a lot of room for new stuff” in the BlackBerry, Lazaridis said “Adding multimedia technology is inevitable.”

RIM’s co-CEO is personally leading a team of more than 1,000 engineers to develop new features and simplify the devices to woo small businesses and consumers. A theoretical physics enthusiast who tests BlackBerrys himself, Lazaridis keeps his office in a different building to finance-focused co-CEO James Balsillie.

Lazaridis has his team tucked in one corner of the factory, in a hidden production line where engineers test new products and features. Visitors are forbidden.

“The manufacturing plant is really a research plant, because engineers can walk over there at any time,” he said. “I want engineers working on new products, not flying across the globe figuring out why one plant is having a problem.”