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June 14, 2010

Motorola, RIM settle patent dispute

Firms agree to transfer certain patents to each other

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola and Research In Motion (RIM) have entered into a settlement and license agreement that will end all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies.

In January, Motorola had filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that the Blackberry smartphone maker has engaged in unfair trade practices by the importation and sale of RIM products that infringe on five of its patents.

Motorola claimed that the five patents listed in their complaint relate to technology areas, such as Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management.

Under the settlement agreement, Motorola and RIM will benefit from a long-term, intellectual property cross-licensing arrangement involving the parties receiving cross-licenses of various patent rights, including patent rights relating to certain industry standards and certain technologies, such as 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless email.

In addition, the parties have also agreed to transfer certain patents to each other. The agreement includes an up-front payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola. Further details of terms and conditions of the agreement are not disclosed.

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