Research In Motion and Good Technology, Inc. have agreed to a settlement that will bring to an end a long list of pending lawsuits between the two companies.
Many details of the agreement aren’t available. All that is known is Good Technology will give RIM an unknown lump sum of money during RIM’s next financial quarter. Good Technology will also pay ongoing quarterly royalties for making use of RIM’s patents. The exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
A Bit of History
When Good Technology decided to compete in the wireless email device space in mid-2002, it knew that RIM would not stand idly by. So rather than wait to be sued by RIM, Good decided to turn the tables. In May 2002, Good asked a U.S. District Court in California to declare RIM’s Single Mailbox Integration patent invalid, or at least to declare that Good is not violating the patent.
In June 2002, less than a month after Good Technology sued RIM, RIM countered by filing a complaint against Good in U.S. District Court. The complaint alleged that Good Technology’s wireless goods and services infringe on four RIM patents within its Wireless Integration Patent Portfolio.
In July, RIM followed up by filing a second complain against Good, this time alleging that Good infringed on a portion of RIM’s Copyright Portfolio associated with the user interface on RIM’s line of BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds.
Two weeks later there was a third complaint, with RIM alleging that Good engaged in unfair competition, false advertising, trademark infringement and trademark dilution resulting in the unlawful use of the RIM and BlackBerry marks.
Finally, RIM filed a fourth suit in September 2002, alleging that Good Technology engaged in misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference with contracts and prospective economic relations, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, breach of implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, and civil conspiracy.
Still Not Smooth Sailing for RIM
Though this gets one case off RIM’s docket, it is still involved in a bitter patent-infringement lawsuit with NTP Inc. that has the potential to hurt the company badly.
The judge in the case has ruled in NTP’s favor several times in the past and last August issued an injunction that blocks RIM from selling the Blackberry in the U.S. However, the judge also ruled that this not go into effect until after RIM has had a chance to appeal the decision.
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