Judge Won't Toss Haynes and Boone Client RIM's License Dispute With Motorola

12/15/2008

A federal judge has refused to dismiss patent infringement and antitrust claims against Motorola Inc. arising from a failed licensing deal granting rival Research in Motion Ltd. access to essential wireless technology patents.

Judge A. Joe Fish of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Thursday denied Motorola's bid to toss the claims, ruling RIM had adequately pled Sherman Act claims accusing Motorola of breaking a promise to license its patents according to certain standards.

The dispute centers on failed negotiations to renew a cross-licensing agreement that would grant RIM access to certain Motorola patents for mobile wireless communication. The Motorola patents are part of the industry standard for such devices, and RIM needs them in order to make its popular BlackBerry device, court documents said.

In his ruling, Judge Fish…found that RIM had adequately argued Motorola's alleged attempt to sidestep its commitments to developing reasonable licensing agreements would harm competition.

RIM is represented by Haynes & Boone LLP, WilmerHale LLP and Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP.

Excerpted from IP Law360.

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