This case concerns a dispute between a US inventor and a Canadian technology company over patent infringement.
Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) is a design company founded in Canada by a very talented engineer. Started in 1984, the company became highly successful; it counted General Motors as an early customer and won an Academy Award and an Emmy Award for technological innovation in motion pictures. The company’s first generation wireless device was rolled out in 1996, a two-way pager that could be carried in a pocket.
In 1998, RIM signed contracts with Canadian and American telecom companies that allowed BlackBerry to carry voice signals. The BlackBerry was rolled out in January 1999. It was a breakthrough product that combined a phone, pager, e-mail, personal organizer, and web browser. It was small enough to hang on a belt and had a convenient little keyboard for typing messages (e.g., see Exhibit 1). The BlackBerry became a very successful product, and by 2007 had more than 8 million users.
RIM has grown over the years into a highly technology-intensive company. In the year 2000, its patent portfolio numbered only 16 issued utility patents. But by the end of 2007, the company had more than 400 utility and design patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). RIM maintains an aggressive patenting, licensing and technology acquisition program. To refer this case study click here BlackBerry Case
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