RIM and Motorola sue each other in silly patent dispute

RIM and Motorola sue each other in silly patent dispute

Summary: Note: This post is duplicated on my IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband blog.Just within the last few days, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion and Motorola have sued each other for Patent infringement.

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Note: This post is duplicated on my IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband blog.

Just within the last few days, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion and Motorola have sued each other for Patent uspto-seal.jpg infringement.

Motorola's big issue seems to be a feeling that in most of its 8xxx series models, RIM's method of storing contact info in wireless emails, and its ability to recognize incoming phone numbers are tantamount to infringement.

RIM fired back, accusing, by implication, Motorola's Q email phone of offering thumb keyboards awfully similar to several BlackBerry models.

RIM also says that Motorola's patent royalty fee structure is "exorbitant."

I have to tell you that some of the capabilities each company is suing each other about seem rather established, and yes, generic to me.

Hate to use the "t" (as in troll) word, but this really sounds like a neh-neh fight you sometimes see in and around sandboxes.

What do you think?

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  • Red Herring

    The patent suit is a red herring you are writing about. The real issue is the "royalty fee structure is ?exorbitant".

    This, of course, is very clear to both parties and a lawsuit is what brings them to the table. It takes a while for pundits to get it.
    Prognosticator
  • Not a case of 'patent trolls'

    Since these are real companies with real products I don't think this fall under the definition (at least *my* definition) of patent trolling. A little cross-licensing should clear this up without too much damage. After the lawyers take their cut of course.

    Contrast this with a patent troll who has nothing to lose by being sued. Trolls are just in it for the money and the conventional deterrent of mutual-assured-destruction doesn't work with them. They're like a rogue state with the bomb.

    There's a gray area of course, for example NTP, but Motorola and RIM are clearly not in the troll camp, IMHO.
    Ed Burnette
  • RE: RIM and Motorola sue each other in silly patent dispute

    True, this usage of [patent] "troll" probably doesn't conform to the most rigorous definitions but come on ... Shaw seems to have finally conceded that there is such a thing as a frivolous patent. Can't we cut him some slack?
    bus7821