Motorola says it's filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, claiming that Research In Motion – the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices – is importing and selling products that infringe on five Motorola patents. There's already a patent litigation case going through the courts but Motorola says this new action is necessary because of "RIM’s continued unlicensed use of Motorola’s patents, RIM’s use of delay tactics in our current patent litigation and RIM’s refusal to design out Motorola’s proprietary technology".
Motorola has asked the ITC to investigate RIM’s use of Motorola’s patents and – as seems usual with these cases – to block imports and prevent sales of RIM products that infringe Motorola's patents.
Jonathan Meyer, senior vice president of intellectual property law at Motorola, said "Through its early-stage development of the cellular industry and billions of dollars spent on research and development, Motorola has created an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio that is respected by the entire telecommunications industry. Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its R&D and intellectual property, which are critical to the Company’s business."