Research in Motion, seemingly at the last minute, changed the name of its 'BBX' operating system after it lost a trademark case in court.
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I've received a few e-mails, directly andthrough IBMers, asking me what "IBM's recommendation" is on theBlackberry/RIM vs. NTP thing. With the requisite caveat/reminderthat I am not necessarily representing the views, positions, strategiesor opinions of IBM Corporation or IBM management, I have to say that Idon't see why IBM should have a position on this at all.My logic is simple. A large ecosystem has developed around mobileand wireless solutions for Notes/Domino. Blackberry/RIMis a great partner, as are Nokia,Commontime,GoodTechnology, and others. IBM doesn't take formal positions on any one partner being betteror recommended in a particular market space. And RIMhas formally committed to a workaroundin the event of an injunction. Thus, what kind of useful answer couldIBM give to the question, anyway? In my opinion, a suggestion to switch to other mobile/wireless solutionsseems extremely short-sighted. RIM says (and I have no special insighton this) that they have solved the problem long-term and have a workaroundin place in the short term. They are going to be as important a partnerfor Notes/Domino customers next week as they are this week. I understand that contingency and "disaster" planning are allimportant parts of IT management. But the vendor says they have multipleplans in place. I'm certainly willing to trust them. IT departmentsplaying "what if" are wise to consider the question, "whatif RIM's workaround doesn't work"...but even that would, I believe,be only a short-term question. With more than four million users,RIM has their entire business at stake. No matter how the cards aredealt, I have to believe they are ready for any hand to play out.
BlackBerry users shouldn't worry about the ongoing litigation with U.S. patent holding company NTP too much now the RIM has publicly announced a workaround if an injunction shuts down U.S. sales and service of the popular handheld email device. Mac users will soon have a new way to make the BlackBerry a little more Mac-like...
As potential BlackBerry shutdown looms, Visto takes fellow RIM rival to court and asks for injunction on GoodLink software.
An injunction is threatened in suit over Blackberry patent infringement and maker RIM claims the result would be catastrophic for government services.
A judge rules for NTP in its patent-infringement case against the BlackBerry maker, awarding $53.7 million in damages and fees and granting an injunction against RIM sales in the United States.
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