Supreme Court won't hear RIM case

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the RIM-NTP patent case.

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the patent infringement dispute between Research in Motion and NTP, closing down one of the BlackBerry mobile device vendor's avenues against NTP's suit, RIM said in a statement Monday.

NTP is suing RIM for alleged infringement of patents covering the operation of a wireless e-mail service. An injunction against RIM in the case could force the company to shut down the BlackBerry service or find a technical workaround to avoid the contested technology. The companies last year reached a settlement in the case, but that deal fell apart.

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, had sought to have the Supreme Court review issues involving the cross-border reach of U.S. patent law. The court declined to review those issues.

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