Hit them when they're down: RIM sued for alleged patent infringement

Hit them when they're down: RIM sued for alleged patent infringement
Like a vulture circling around its prey, it seems that some tech companies are surrounding RIM, hoping to be the straw that breaks the camel's back. For example, NXP Semiconductors NV filed suit against RIM on Tuesday claiming that some of the Canadian tech manufacturer's BlackBerry smartphones and its PlayBook tablet infringe on its intellectual property.

Not only did NXP file the suit, they decided to make the filing in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida. Is it more than a coincidence that RIM's annual BlackBerry World conference will be held in that very city next month? During the BlackBerry Jam part of the conference, RIM will be giving away 2,000 BlackBerry 10 prototype handsets to developers making it a very important conference.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is cited in NXP's suit

The BlackBerry PlayBook is cited in NXP's suit

The suit alleges that between 1997 and 2008, RIM infringed on six of NXP's patents covering things like wireless data transmission range expansion, circuit manufacturing processes and computer bus systems. NXP Semiconductor is seeking an injunction against further infringement, lost profits and treble damages. The suit asks for the latter based on what NXP sees as RIM's willful infringement against its IP.

A rapidly declining stock, a lame duck platform, poor Q4 earnings, upheaval in the executive suite, an untested new OS on the way and now a patent infringement lawsuit. If you believe that bottoms are made when everyone is pessimistic and all of the news is bad, this might just be the the time that we look back on in 6 to 9 months when RIM is once again making waves in the smartphone market.

source: AllThingsD

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9 Comments

1. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

lol the title is funny

5. droidnator

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

That's what I thought, and that's why I came to read it! Catchy!

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Looks like this suit should be tossed out post-haste. I can't see this as being anything more than a money grab before the well dries up.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And why did NXP wait until now to file their lawsuit?

6. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The reason is in the subject..

7. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

They'll regret this. I think the new CEO seems to be doing a good job of reorganising RIM's business. I have been very happy with OS 2.0 on my Playbook and the new Mini Keyboard. Playbook should have come with these at the start but atleast now they're here . A lot of the criticism of RIM seems peurile and petty in the extreme. Nokia were down but have rallied strongly and I am sure RIM can do the same.

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

R.I.M. is innocent. Trust me, they've copied nothing from anyone; one look at their phones proves it.

9. BlacRaZredge

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

if rim was smart they would sell the company to someone and get out while they still have a chance.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Who would buy RIM? There is a reason RIM's share price is tanking.

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