Motorola files patent complaint against RIM

Natalie Apostolou
25 Jan 2010

Motorola has filed a patent complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Limited (RIM).

It claims RIM has engaged in unfair trade practices by the importation and sale of RIM products that infringe on five of Motorola’s patents.

The US handset and electronics firm has asked the ITC to launch an investigation and ban RIM from importing or selling devices that contain the technologies.

The five patents include Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management, Motorola said.

“These patented technologies are important to Motorola as they allow for more comprehensive connectivity, a better user experience and lower product costs,” the company said.

“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,” added Jonathan Meyer, senior vice president of intellectual property law at Motorola.

The dispute has its origins in a cross-licensing agreement that ended in 2003, FT.comreported.

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