November 5, 2002 6:30 AM PST
Handspring to license RIM patents
Under the agreement, certain RIM patents will be licensed to Handspring, the maker of Treo handheld devices. Research In Motion also noted that once a definitive licensing agreement has been reached, it plans to drop its pending lawsuit against Handspring over copyright infringement.
In September, RIM filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware against Handspring.
RIM alleged that keyboards on Handspring's Treo k180, 270 and 300 models violate its patents. The Treos provide a small keyboard that allows people to type with one thumb, a feature also found on RIM's BlackBerry devices.
"Our agreement with Handspring further validates our strong patent portfolio and leadership in innovative wireless communications solutions like BlackBerry," Jim Balsillie, RIM's co-chief executive, said in a statement.
RIM has been aggressive in pursing patent infringement suits. Other suits include those against Glenayre Technologies, in which it reached a settlement in February, and Good Technology, which recently won a round when a California judge denied RIM's request for a temporary restraining order.