It seems like every company is involved in some sort of patent infringement legal battle these days, and RIM is certainly no exception. Patents protect a company's intellectual property from other company's that may want to use them. OpenWave Systems, a mobile solution provider announced yesterday that it has sued RIM, in particular baring the import of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the BlackBerry Curve 9330.
In Short the law suite states RIM along with Apple have infringed on five of its mobile Internet patents. These patents include the following:
- Patent that generally allows a user to use e-mail applications on a mobile device when the network is unavailable – such as when a user is on an airplane.
- Patent that generally allows the mobile device to operate seamlessly, and securely, with a server over a wireless network.
- Patent that generally allows access to updated versions of applications on mobile devices.
- Patent that generally allows consumers to experience an improved user experience in navigating through various pages of information without delay.
- Patent that enables data in the cloud to be accessed or shared by different devices such as mobile handsets or computers.
"We believe that these large companies should pay Openwave to use the technologies that we invented and that have become foundational to the mobile Internet – particularly in light of the substantial revenue these companies have earned from devices that we believe use Openwave's patented technology," Says Ken Denman chief executive of Openwave.
The company stated that they tried to reach out to RIM several times , but their attempts were dismissed.