Treo maker Handspring's into RIM

All friends again now...

All friends again now...

Handspring plans to license Research In Motion's keyboard patents, paving the way to settle pending litigation from the maker of the BlackBerry wireless devices, the companies announced on Tuesday. Under the agreement, certain RIM patents will be licensed to Handspring, the maker of Treo handheld devices. Research In Motion also noted that once a definitive licensing agreement has been reached, it plans to drop its pending lawsuit against Handspring over copyright infringement. In September, RIM filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Delaware against Handspring. RIM alleged that keyboards on Handspring's Treo k180, 270 and 300 models violate its patents. The Treos provide a small keyboard that allows people to type with one thumb, a feature also found on RIM's BlackBerry devices. Jim Balsillie, RIM's co-chief executive, said in a statement: "Our agreement with Handspring further validates our strong patent portfolio and leadership in innovative wireless communications solutions like BlackBerry." RIM has been aggressive in pursuing patent infringement suits. Other suits include those against Glenayre Technologies, in which it reached a settlement in February, and Good Technology, which recently won a round when a California judge denied RIM's request for a temporary restraining order. Dawn Kawamoto writes for News.com