Heavyweights RIM and Motorola lock horns in patent dispute

19 Feb 2008

Research In Motion (RIM) is suing rival handset maker Motorola over allegations of patent breaches relating to RIM’s BlackBerry e-mail devices and Motorola’s Razr smart phones. It is understood RIM has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas to declare that Motorola is in breach of commitments it made to license essential patents to competitors ‘on a fair and reasonable basis’. In total, Research in Motion alleges that its rival has broken a total of nine of its patents, and is also in violation of a 2003 agreement in which it agreed to negotiate reasonable terms for an extension beyond January 2008. RIM’s filing comes a day after Motorola filed a suit against the Canadian firm for breaching some of its own patents.

Canada, United States, Motorola