Thursday, January 26, 2006

Real Estate Agents Lose Their Blackberries?

NTP is suing RIM for patent infringements. How on earth does that matter to real estate professionals? Well.... RIM is the company from Waterloo, Ontario, that makes Blackberries, which have become very popular among Realtors. NTP owns some patents, and claims that RIM has been using these patents in their technology. The case has been in the courts for quite a while - RIM denies the charges - and on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear RIM's appeal. NTP can now seek an injunction forces RIM to stop using the technology, which would pretty much end service for Blackberry users. Of course, RIM could settle with NTP and avoid the situation, but it might be best to prepare just in case.


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