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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I'll counter sue

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that it will counter-sue Visto Corp., another company who claims to hold patents that RIM infringes on. RIM itself has been invovled with legal battles over intellectual property, with the most recent case ending in RIM paying NTP $613M USD.  RIM claims Visto's patents are invalid and that Visto is sueing RIM over IP maliciously.

Visto Corp. earlier this week decided that it too will take RIM to court over patent infringements. Seeing as how NTP was able to extract a hefty sum out of RIM, things look up for Visto Corp. RIM however, has countersued Visto saying that it has had enough of competitors being unable to compete on technology and sales and instead try to gain publicity through the courts. Interestingly, NTP is part owner of Visto Corp. In a different case altogether, Visto was awarded $3.6M USD over patent disputes with Seven Networks Inc.

RIM has also decided that it will start developing pre-emptive software just in case others decide to do the same things that NTP and Visto are doing. The company is also requesting that the trial be relocated to Dallas, where RIM's US headquarters are located. Reports say that Visto's decision to file at the Marshall Division of District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, because that location favors patent holders.

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what tards
By Lifted on 5/5/2006 6:43:05 PM , Rating: 5
"RIM has also decided that it will start developing pre-emptive software just in case others decide to do the same things that NTP and Visto are doing."

Uh, why the hell didn't they develop this non-patent-infringing software in the first place? Morons.

RE: what tards
By Zoomer on 5/7/2006 5:01:22 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno, maybe the current way is slightly easier to use or more efficient?

RE: what tards
By Trisped on 5/8/2006 1:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
It was cheaper and easier to steal other people's solutions then make their own. Now that people have started switching due to the law suits they are trying to fix things so their paranoid customers will stay. Still, people will be able to sue for the previous use of the patent without permission.

RE: what tards
By mpeters on 6/4/2006 7:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
Please don't act like you know what's going on.

Both of the aforementioned companies make most of their money purely by patenting software and IP that they have no plan on developing, and then relying on stupid legal holes to get them cash for it. RIM has been the target of this utter obsurdity. The copyright infringment isn't over copyrighted software, it's over copyrighted software IDEAS that the plaintiffs had no intention of developing.

"what tards"

reminds me...
By ksherman on 5/5/2006 5:53:41 PM , Rating: 3
of the card game Magic... "I attack you with my 99/99 creature, tke that!!" "Fast effect I kill you with a lightning bolt, you lose" "Crap!"

There has been far too many lawsuites these days... I understand that sometimes there is validity to a suite... but its getting old REALLY fast

Rim job ?
By xit2nowhere on 5/5/2006 7:42:32 PM , Rating: 1
Hmmm ?!!!

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