In what seems to be a never ending battle between Research In Motion and Motorola, Motorola has once again filed patent complaints against Research In Motion. This time however, things are little different. Motorola has stepped up to the ITC (International Trade Commission) to ask them to investigate RIM and their continued use of Motorola patents as well as impose and Exclusion Order to stop RIM from importing, selling and marketing said infringing products. The five patents listed in the complaint pertain to WiFi, power saving methods, application management and user interface. For lack of better word, Motorola is pissed off at RIM.
"Through its early-stage development of the cellular industry and billions of dollars spent on research and development, Motorola has created an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio that is respected by the entire telecommunications industry. In light of 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. Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its R&D and intellectual property, which are critical to the Company's business."- Jonathan Meyer, senior vice president of intellectual property law at Motorola.
All of this comes just shortly after RIM sued Motorola for their usage of RIM patents, neglect to pay royalties and yet, still expecting RIM to pay them for the patents owned by Motorola that RIM was making use of. Eye for an eye? Seems to be the case here but let's also remember that despite sales of the DROID, less then a year ago Motorola was ready to shut down their mobile division. An influx of patent usage funds could help out quite a bit. I don't think we'll see a ban on any BlackBerry devices rather a settlement for some large amounts of cash that will likely be rehashed again in a year or two due to changes in "economic structuring" or some other crazy legalese.
[ PRNewswire ]