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RIM Sues Motorola Over Patent Abuse
Says company engaging in 'anticompetitive conduct'
by Karl Bode 04:55PM Monday Feb 18 2008 Tipped by FFH See Profile
According to the Wall Street Journal, Research in Motion is suing Motorola, claiming that the company infringed on several of its patents and tried to extract "excessive licensing" fees from patents Motorola owns. RIM insists that Motorola is engaging in "anticompetitive conduct" by demanding "unreasonable" royalties for several patents, including a patent for the use of Wi-Fi on a mobile device.

"Having suffered losses in the marketplace, Motorola has now resorted to demanding exorbitant royalties from its competitor, RIM, for patents that Motorola claims are essential to various standards for mobile wireless telecommunications," RIM said in the complaint. Motorola has been considering an exit from the handset business, though they still dominate the cable broadband modem market.

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russotto

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Live by the sword...

...die by the sword. I mean really, RIM complaining about patent abuse?
orangelemon

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Re: Live by the sword...

I hope RIM sues them into oblivion. Motorola is useless these days.

petro1

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Re: Live by the sword...

Don't think for a second that Motorola's business is limited to cellphone "technology". They've invested in more areas of technology than you want to believe.

And for RIM to come with this after last years series of whaa-burgers and french cries about patent infringement? Rubbish...

FFH
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RIM seems to be in a new business: Patent lawsuits

Seems that RIM has a new sideline: patent lawsuits - ether defending against or filing them. And that can't be good for business. They seem to be spending all their time and energy in court cases instead of improving their service and fending off competitors. In the long term, all this does is take their attention and money away from developing products and providing customer service.
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BillRoland
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Re: RIM seems to be in a new business: Patent lawsuits

said by FFH:

In the long term, all this does is take their attention and money away from developing products and providing customer service.
No kidding. After last weeks mysterious outages and some ongoing handset trouble, my boss threw out the BlackBerry and picked up a Windows Mobile 6. I have to say, setting up the ActiveSync to work with our Exchange server was a lot less painless than getting a BES up and running, and DirectPush works just as fast as BES can push the e-mail to the BlackBerry. Overall, I can't say I really see the RIM advantage anymore.
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sporkme
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said by FFH:

They seem to be spending all their time and energy in court cases instead of improving their service and fending off competitors.
What competitors? They can just sue them for infringement.

As to Motorola, what the hell has happened to them?

They had a really great processor division, and the PowerPC chip, besides being a nice alternative to Intel for a bit was in more embedded devices than I can count. They slowed development (how long did they promise Apple some G4s that would compete with Intel??), then sold the business off.

They had a great handset business and used to have some of the best handsets available. Now they are lagging and looking at ditching that market.

Cable modems... meh. Not exactly revolutionary technology, and the market is only so big.

Where is their focus now? Why are they consistently falling behind their foreign counterparts?

MDReferee
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Re: RIM seems to be in a new business: Patent lawsuits

Moto had a great processor in the 68000 series... It was the heart of my Amiga computers back in the day...
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joako
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patent for the use of Wi-Fi on a mobile device

How does Motorola have a "patent for the use of Wi-Fi on a mobile device" WTF? WiFi is a standard no matter what device it's being used on.
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jay_rm

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Re: patent for the use of Wi-Fi on a mobile device

said by joako:

How does Motorola have a "patent for the use of Wi-Fi on a mobile device" WTF? WiFi is a standard no matter what device it's being used on.
If it's the one I'm thinking of, it has to do with methodology of *handing off* a call from cellular network to a WiFi network - not for using WiFi on a mobile device...
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Bellundo

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A Canadian Company suing a US company that's rich!

Is Canada that country where there is no governing body to check the books of these listed companies? Eghad!! It is, this is the same country that Bre-x originated from the same country that Nortel came from. How many more, how many more? The outcome always seems the same even with reporting rules most of the books that are filed are false. Now look at Westjet for example. Why is it all the airlines are getting clobbered worldwide except for Westjet? I can only come to the conclusion that they're filing false books. Go back in time has any Canadian company ever amounted to anything? None i can think of... at least any that still exist.

james1

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Re: A Canadian Company suing a US company that's rich!

So you've never heard of ATI, BioWare, Bombardier, Bluenotes, Cameco Corp, Corel, Goldcorp, Hudson's Bay Company, IMAX Corp, Irving Oil, McCain Foods or The Thomson Corporation? They amounted to alot more than any company you ever founded did.

That list is more than an anon troll like you deserves, but I had time while my porn was downloading so I thought "what the hell?".

A Canadian

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And where does Enron come from? Or how about all those companies that take your american jobs and outsource them to cheaper markets like India or Costa Rico - HP is notorious for that.
patcat88

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todays economy

You make much more money making bogus patents, then going around to consumer electronic companies extorting that year's dividends from then, rather than trying to compete the in low margin CE market for customers who only care about brand names and price. Americans don't save money, all the money of this country is locked up in corporate bank accounts. The real business is B2B today, not B2C.