BlackBerry Email May Be 'Shut Down'

by TChris

BlackBerry users, beware. You may soon find it less convenient to check your email.

The Supreme Court today rejected a petition from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. for a rehearing of its patent-infringement case. ...

RIM may face a court-ordered shut down of most of its 4 million BlackBerrys in the United States if it cannot settle its case with NTP.

RIM owes NTP more than $250 million after a jury found that it infringed NTP's patents. RIM says it's working on a software "work-around that skirts the patent infringement."

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    Re: BlackBerry Email May Be 'Shut Down' (none / 0) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 11:07:52 AM EST
    There's an interesting article in the latest Forbes about the US patent system. The article's take is basically that our patent system is broken, and uses the RIM/NTP situation as an example...

    Re: BlackBerry Email May Be 'Shut Down' (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 03:20:16 PM EST
    If you can'y pay the fine, don't do the crime.

    Re: BlackBerry Email May Be 'Shut Down' (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 04:39:03 PM EST
    The only fines the U.S. courts actually have the power to enforce is to shut down the Blackberry network in the U.S. RIM could go on doing business as usual in the rest of the world. Admittedly unlikely, but the U.S. is not such a technological powerhouse in the wireless world that it's completely unrealistic.