Settlement of Motorola and RIM

Motorola and Research in Motion has announced that the patent dispute between them over wireless technologies has come to an end. According to their settlement, a cross licensing agreement will be set up by them based on industry standards and some key technologies. This will allow them to receive patent rights for 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless e-mail. RIM has also agreed to give ongoing royalties and upfront payment to Motorola. The monetary terms of the deal have not been disclosed but in reality it would have involved hundreds of millions of dollars. Thus the litigation between them has come to an end.


RIM is a Canadian telecommunication company and it is the developer of BlackBerry Smartphone. Before it started its work to produce BlackBerry, it had worked with Ericsson and RAM Mobile Data. Ericsson- developed Mobitex wireless data network which was transformed into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. This paved the way for the release of Interactive pager 950 which competed with SkyTel developed by Motorola.

RIM always has been entangled in a sequence of suits concerning to alleged patent infringement. In 2001 in reaction to an encroachment suit filed by Glenayre Electronics Inc, RIM sued it for patent infringement. It hunted for a command to put off Glenayre from infringing on the patent of RIM’s Single Mailbox Integration. In 2003 RIM filed suit its competitor Good Technology. Throughout the year, it filed complaints against it. After two years in March 2004, Good Technology settled the outstanding litigation by agreeing to a licensing deal.

Pertaining to keyword design on hand-held e-mail devices RIM was rewarded a patent on September 16, 2002. It then advanced to sue Handspring over its Treo device. Within two months, Handspring avoided further litigation by agreeing to license RIM’s patent. On March 3, 2006 RIM completed its BlackBerry patent dispute with NTP . RIM paid NTP US $612.5 million for the final defrayal of all claims. On July 17, 2003 RIM filed suit against Xerox. On May 1, 2006 RIM was litigated by Visto for violation of four patents.


Disputes arose between Motorola and RIM regarding the patents related to user interface, application management and power management. On January 22, 2010 a complaint was filed against RIM by Motorola with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The other lawsuits were filed in federal court in Texas. Motorola had argued that license held for the technologies by RIM was lost in 2007. It argued that RIM, the BlackBerry maker was infringing on five Motorola patents. Hence it requested ITC to ban the import of BlackBerry phone into the U.S. According to the industry tracker IDC in the first quarter of 2010, Motorola was knocked by RIM from the world’s top five mobile phone manufacturers.

Now they have joined their hands to enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi and new 4G standards. They have decided to spotlight on upcoming developments rather than prolonged legal battles.

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