No More Blackberry?

It seems that Blackberry is in a difficlt position and is in danger of having its network shut down. They seem to have no legal recourse in the case with NTP where RIM is said to be infringing on NTP’s patents.

I wonder how I will blog remotely if the network gets shut down. Furthermore, what is going to happen to RIM? They are going to have to pay a huge ransom just to ensure they can stay alive. In the mean time Microsoft and everyone else is chasing RIM and looking to take them down.

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  • Bill Webb
    January 25, 2006 at 10:36 am

    I think the whole situation is a very sad look at the state of our legal system. Here’s how I view it:
    There seems to be no indication that the founders of RIM deliberately or knowingly stole or used the “idea” that became the patent than NTP now owns. So they are basically being told, after committing the time, financial, and emotional investment into their company and its technology, that they should pay royalties because somebody else got the idea “first” and patented it. They didn’t do anything with the patent, just acquired it. I don’t blame RIM a bit for changing their minds early on and deciding to fight this out.
    NTP is nothing more than a law firm looking to line their pockets off the patent of a dead man. They have no plans to use the patent to develop their own technology, and instead are licensing it now to other companies, again, for financial gain only. Hey, I’m a capitalist, but I’m also someone who believes you should feel good about how you earn your paycheck. I don’t know how these NTP slimeball lawyers sleep at night.
    I’m not irritated just because I happen to have a BlackBerry. I’ve only had one now for about a month, and I do love it. But this isn’t about corporate espionage or heated competition between two companies with competing technologies. It’s about money, and nothing more. The ultimate result, if NTP is successful, is the possible elimination of a fantastic, successful technology and company that employs a great deal of talented people. And with that, leaving a hole in the marketplace which currently serves millions of users including government and emergency response personnel. And potentially a huge monetary settlement under the guise of “intellectual property rights infringement”. Again – how those NTP low-lifes sleep at night…
    I think the outcome of this case could, if NTP is successful, set an extremely dangerous precendent. I think it is time the US Patent Office consider more conservative practices in handing out patents.

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