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RIM just can't catch a break, sued by Dutch firm for infringing on patents

RIM is sued by a Dutch company for infringing on 6 patents a new lawsuit claims.

By Trace Hagan from Apr 4, 2012 @ 9:01 CDT

It seems as though RIM, the makers of Blackberry, just can't catch a break. Earlier today, we reported that there were reports circulating that a possible stabbing occurred at a RIM party. Now we are reporting about how they are being sued by a Dutch company which is accusing them of infringing on 6 patents.


Dutch semiconductor company NXP filed a lawsuit in a court in Orlando, Florida on Monday. The suit accuses that some of RIM's BlackBerry phones, together with the PlayBook tablet, have infringed on patents issued to the company between 1997 and 2008. RIM's stock, which has already fallen around 80% in the last year, fell another 9.6% after the news of the lawsuit broke.

In its complaint, NXP said it was seeking "recovery of damages at least for lost profits, reasonable royalties, unjust enrichment, and benefits received by RIM as a result of using the misappropriated technology." RIM will want to avoid a similar outcome to what happened back in 2006 when they were forced to pay out over $600 million after a 5 year legal battle.


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