Canada’s Research in Motion has announced its contingency plan to keep its BlackBerry wireless service operating in the United States even if the company loses the bitter patent dispute with NTP Holdings.
The patent dispute between RIM and NTP continues to generate drama: the U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear RIM’s appeal of an injunction which would shut down BlackBerry service in the United States. In the meantime, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on its own schedule, has been provisionally invalidating the patents NTP claims RIM’s BlackBerry devices infringe upon. And the district court clock keeps ticking: a court hearing February 24 could mandate the shutdown of allegedly infringing technologies and services within the United States.
To counter the uncertainty