Essay on History of the Blackberry

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To understand the history of the BlackBerry, it is important to understand the history of the company, Research in Motion. [10]


Two engineering students - Mike Lazaridis (University of Waterloo) and Douglas Fregin (University of Windsor) - co-founded Research in Motion. The company was set up as an electronics and computer science consulting business based in Waterloo. Within four years, the company would focus on the transmission of wireless data and setting up of wireless point-of-sale customer terminals using radio waves.


RIM's wireless foray takes off. The company becomes the first wireless data technology developer in North America and the first company outside Scandinavia to develop
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejects RIM's motion to stay case while the high court decides whether to hear an appeal.


Nov. 30, 2005

The case returns to Richmond, where a judge refuses to force NTP to accept the proposed $450-million settlement with RIM.

Dec. 7, 2005

NTP says it is willing to settle the case in exchange for a royalty rate of 5.7 per cent over the life of the patents.

Jan. 17, 2006

NTP proposes 30-day grace period before any cut-off of BlackBerry service to U.S. users, and also says federal, state and local government users of the BlackBerry should be exempt from a halt in U.S. service.

Feb. 9, 2006

RIM says it has tested software workaround designs for BlackBerry service in the U.S. market, if needed.

Feb. 17, 2006

RIM says it remains open to a "reasonable" settlement with NTP.

Feb. 22, 2006

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issues final rejection of one of the five disputed patents owned by NTP Inc.


Feb. 23, 2006

RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie tells a technology conference in Whistler, B.C., that the company has developed and tested a way to continue to allow BlackBerry service to continue in the U.S., should a judge order it to immediately stop infringing on NTP patents. Balsillie also says the company would be willing to boost its payment to NTP to settle the dispute.

Feb. 24, 2006

U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer declines to issue an injunction that would have

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