Motorola alleges RIM infringes on five of its patents, moves regulator

24 Jan

After Nokia sued Apple for alleged patent infringement and getting counter-sued by Apple, it is now Motorola’s turn. The US-based handset vendor, which is attempting one of the bravest turn-around ever in the industry, has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission against RIM, alleging that the manufacturer of BlackBerry handhelds infringes on five of Motorola’s patents.

The patents in question are related to Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management and Motorola claims in a press release that “RIM’s continued unlicensed use of Motorola’s patents, RIM’s use of delay tactics in our current patent litigation, and RIM’s refusal to design out Motorola’s proprietary technology, Motorola had no choice but to file a complaint with the ITC to halt RIM’s continued infringement.”

This is going to be yet another long drawn battle, which might or might not result in RIM having to pony up several million dollars in an out-of-court settlement. But we have a few years on our hands to report that story.

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