RIM Seeks Appeal of Patent Decision

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Research In Motion Ltd. is making a bid to appeal a decision earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the U.S. appeals court which upheld a patent-infringement ruling against the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail pager. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company filed a motion this week requesting an “en banc” (all judges) rehearing of the ruling by the U.S. Federal Appeals Court in RIM’s patent infringement battle with Arlington, Va.-based NTP Inc. Separately, the Canadian government has filed an “amicus,” or friend of the court, brief in support of RIM’s case.

Michael Abramsky, analyst at RBC Dominion Securities Inc., said yesterday he believes the dispute will likely be resolved in RIM’s favour, and that the company’s existing multimillion-dollar settlement with NTP will ultimately stand.

RIM, which earns about 68 per cent of its revenue from U.S. sales, had agreed in March to pay $450-million (U.S.) to settle the long-standing dispute with NTP, a privately held patent-licensing firm. But the deal collapsed two months later.

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