RIM launches preemptive legal strike against IP Com

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Looking to keep its legal winning streak alive, RIM filed a preemptive suit yesterday against German patent troll IP Com, asking a Texas federal court to declare that RIM hasn’t infringed on three IP Com patents. RIM has also asked the court to issue an injunction preventing IP Com from using the patents to sue RIM for infringement.

Not to be outdone, IP Com has countersued RIM in Germany, and IP Com managing director, Cristoph Schoeller, had this to say:

IP Com had been negotiating a license agreement with RIM when RIM filed its lawsuit, Schoeller said. “We thought we were in negotiations,” he said, adding that he believes RIM may be trying to intimidate IP Com.

Good. You’re a patent troll: you make money solely by suing other companies for patents you hold. You deserve everything you get.

  • MIM
    A patent troll? This is really imaginative and clever, well done. Most companies are violating the patent law and you think that is ok? People actually spend time and money to invent most of these functions you use in your phone, and big corporate companies think they can just take what they like and apply it in their products however they want and not pay money for that? No its not fair and it is only right that someone should stand up for this. The bottom line is, its stealing. Or should you just stand by and not do anything because you might look bad because money is involved? I think that this term "patent troll" is a sad and unimaginative insult by people that obviously do not know enough about this case, and just stand up to defend corporations that make billions and their right to steal inventions from other people!
  • DavidB
    We are SO in need of patent reform it isn't funny. And yes, I'm an avid reader of TechCrunch.
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