RIM pursues patent claims against Handspring, Good Technology

Research In Motion (RIM), provider of the Blackberry wireless e-mail solution, is pursuing patent infringement claims against Handspring and Good Technology. RIM’s suit against Handspring alledges that the company’s Treo 180, 270 and 300 communicators infringe patents relating to RIM’s keyboard technology.

The suit against Good Technology, which markets a wireless device and enterprise e-mail solution, is the fourth to be filed by RIM against the company. RIM accuses Good Technology of “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.” It is seeking injunctive relief and general, special and punitive damages. Additional RIM suits against Good Technology allege patent infringement, breach of copyright, unfair competition, false advertising, trademark infringement and trademark dilution.

RIM’s solution for instant wireless access to corporate e-mail using pager-style devices with QWERTY thumboards has attracted the interest of numerous device manufacturers enticed by the possiblity increasing margins through software sales. However, RIM has patented almost every aspect of its solution and is vigorously protecting its intellectual property assets.


RIM’s products have spawned a wide range of imitators, but none so similar as those developed by Good Technology. By so blatently flaunting RIM’s intellectual property rights, Good left the company with no choice but to pursue an aggressive legal campaign. It will be some time before all the facts emerge, but it is unlikely RIM will be happy with an out-of-court settlement, or that Good would be able to afford such an outcome.

Originally published by PMN Mobile Industry Intelligence, the subscription-based analysis and insight platform founded by Marek Pawlowski.

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