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No more Blackberry for USA??????

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by IOWA, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants
    Thread Starter

    Dec 2, 2009
    Network Admin
    Motorola has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission accusing Research in Motion of infringing on its patents and seeking to block U.S. imports of the BlackBerry maker's handsets.

    The ITC complaint comes after several years of debate over RIM's use of what Motorola views as its patented technology.

    Unable to settle in a courtroom or through negotiations, Motorola has now decided to use the ITC, a popular channel for tech firms to resolve their disagreements due to its accelerated pace -- taking 12 to 14 months instead of a federal court case that can drag on for years.

    While the regulatory body can't award monetary compensation, it does have the power to impose bans on products shipped into the U.S., usually resulting in relatively quick settlements.

    Following Broadcom's ITC case against Qualcomm in 2005, which resulted in a $891 million settlement, more companies have decided take a similar route, including Nokia's recent complaint against Apple over patents infringement by its popular iPhone devices.

    Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola, meanwhile, is hoping for a quick outcome after failing to come to terms on a licensing agreement over patents on Wi-Fi access, user interface and power management.

    "We believe that most or all of RIM's current products infringe one or more of the five patents in the ITC complaint," said Jonathan Meyer, Motorola's senior vice president of intellectual property law. "Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its research and development and intellectual property, which are critical to the company's business."

    Motorola's complaint is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between the two phone makers. A court case filed in 2008 by each company accused the other of misappropriating technology.

    Original Site:

    Motorola Seeks Ban on BlackBerry Imports into U.S. - Mobiledia


  2. DarthSkirata

    DarthSkirata Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Mandalore, Outer Rim
    No way in hell this goes through. RIM will give Motorola a few million to keep them happy, and go on releasing new BB's every few months.
    If we think back a couple of years ago to NTP's patent lawsuit against RIM, even when they won their injunction against RIM, the Federal government over-rode it.
    Why? Because everything comes to a screeching halt without Blackberry.
    RIM's biggest customer worldwide is our government and government agencies.
  3. bottlecap

    bottlecap Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    desk jockey, paper pusher, bad news giver
    Not in Canada, this displeases me.

    This is really no different than when Nokia asked the ITC to ban Apple products. So what did Apple do? They demanded Nokia's products be banned from import to the US. It's just saber rattling.
  4. momoceio

    momoceio Well-Known Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    Sr. Systems Administrator
    St. Louis
    That's really all these cases are ever about. Motorola just wants RIM to pay them to use their patented technology. Considering the President refused to get rid of his Blackberry when he entered office...they aren't going anywhere :p

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