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New RIM Patent Aims To Speed Up Your Internet Connection

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RIM have filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark office that seeks to speed up your Internet connection by setting up a proxy server on the device. The patent is titled “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING NETWORK BROWSING SPEED BY SETTING A PROXY SERVER ON A HANDHELD DEVICE.”
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Kodak Sues Apple and RIM Over Image Previewing Patents

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Eastman Kodak have announced that it filed lawsuits against both Apple and RIM for infringing on a patent it holds covering a method for previewing images. Kodak has also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and is looking to get both RIM and Apple to pay license fees. We’re not sure if anything will come of the lawsuit and this is probably the last we’ll hear of it. The worst case scenario is probably going to be an out-of-court settlement.

International Trade Commission Investigating Patent Claims Against RIM

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Read Simon’s post about the International Trade Commission stepping in to investigate and see if patent firm Prism Technologies is justified in its complaints against RIM for violating some of their authentication process patents.

Prism Technologies are a relatively unknown firm and it’s very unlikely anything will come of this lawsuit. Even if something does happen, it won’t be of the scale of the NTP case, and RIM is flush with cash at the moment. Analysts aren’t expecting the stock to budge and I doubt any of the executive have lost a minute of sleep over the issue.

RIM patents strange form factors you may or may not love

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When a smartphone manufacturer patents a form factor, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to produce the device, it just means they don’t want someone else making it. RIM has put together a package of technical drawings of form factors that they believe could work with the BlackBerry platform.

What do you think? Would you like to see any of these form factors actually implemented?

Click through for more technical drawings of potential form factors

RIM and Visto finally settle worldwide patent infringement lawsuits

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The battle between RIM and Visto has been going on for some time now. Last we heard, Visto had paid RIM for certain patent infringements but there were 21 patent claims outstanding for the US Patent Office to rule on. The patents concern email synchronization between devices and local servers.

It seems that yesterday, the two companies have come to a definitive agreement to settle all outstanding worldwide patent litigation between the companies.

The agreement includes a perpetual and fully-paid license on all Visto patents for RIM, a transfer of certain Visto intellectual property, a one-time payment by RIM of US $ 267.5 million to Visto and the parties executing full and final releases in respect of all outstanding worldwide litigation.

The settlement is expected to be completed during the week of July 20, 2009 and is subject to certain closing conditions.

Accounting for these dollars in the 2nd quarter of 2010, will involve including the payments as an unusual item to be expensed, with the remained classified as an intangible asset. This is a considerable sum of money and it will be interesting to see what effect the resolution will have on RIM’s shares.

More details on the Motorola and RIM litigious battles

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Motorola and RIM have been in legal disputes for a long time. Back in February of 2008, RIM claimed that Motorola refused to license some of its patents “on a fair and reasonable basis”, mainly in rebuttal to an initial litigation by Motorola. RIM also accused Motorola of using 9 of RIM’s patents without permission, a complaint in response to Motorola claiming RIM is using 7 of theirs.

A magistrate judge recently ruled that Motorola patent-infringement claims against RIM will be put on hold while the U. S. government reviews the patents.

At RIM’s request, the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office is taking a second look at 10 Motorola patents. Judge William Sanderson said in Dallas on June 15 that the civil suit was “still in its infancy” and it would help to have an additional review by the patent office before it goes further with those claims.

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