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Motorola Loses Patent Case Against RIM

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Motorola has lost a patent infringement claim against Research in Motion after a UK Judge rejected the claims made.

Justice Richard Arnold, sitting in London's High Court not only ruled that the patents hadn't been infringed, but also invalidated the Motorola patent. The patent related to an e-mail gateway system.

There is still an outstanding complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, where Motorola is seeking a ban on imports of BlackBerry smartphones into the USA. The UK decision will be a significant blow to Motorola's claims with the ITC, although that involves a wider pool of patents.

"The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently has considered, at RIM's request, the same Motorola patent that was at issue in the U.K. lawsuit," Motorola said in a statement. "After considering the same arguments made by RIM in the U.K., the patent office has decided that Motorola's patent is valid in the U.S."

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