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Your Blackberry is safe… for now

The Blackberry network (opens in new tab) has been saved for now from the claws of NTP. Research in Motion has settled a patent dispute worth $612.5 million that leaves both companies "happy". One question though remains unsolved: why didn't they sort it out outside the court amicably rather than having to put the whole RIM network under stress?

Blackberry is now almost synonymous with Mobile Instant Messaging and there is no doubt that NTP has been subjected to a great deal of pressure from all sides. The U.S. government internal communication depends a lot on Blackberry's ease of use and accessibility, so much so that a few critical US Departments would have been left in disarray had the network been shut down.

But that's not all; the details of the license will still have to be sorted out in further details. Granted that license covers all the NTP patents and the RIM products for now, it is uncertain whether future litigations can be avoided in the future.

For the time being, the mobile email ecosystem is undisturbed and many IT administrators probably sighed when the agreement was reached. The NTP/RIM case has shed new lights on the relative dependence of enterprises on telecommunications and how a relatively small third party can pull down even the mighty and the greats.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.