Canada backs up RIM in NTP suit

Jan 25 2005 - 09:18 PM ET | Research In Motion
The Canadian government has stepped up to bat for Research In Motion concerning the patent lawsuit it faces with NTP: bq. Canada claims a recent U.S. federal court ruling against Research In Motion Ltd., the Ontario-based makers of the BlackBerry, threatens to have a "troubling effect of chilling innovation by Canadian companies." The case gets tricky because RIM is now claiming that since it's based in Canada, US patent law does not apply. However, most BlackBerry owners are in the US and the devices are sold nationwide. The last court ruling was ambiguous, but was a minor victory for NTP. An appeals court will hear the case next month.