Research in Motion: History of Rim Innovation

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Kenneth Lockhart
Case Analysis 2
Course: TM583
September 23, 2012

Case Analysis 2- Research in Motion:
History of RIM Innovation

Research in Motion Limited (RIM) is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smartphone. RIM is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012 when RIM announced that both have stepped down and the new CEO will be Thorsten Heins.

1.) What were some of the challenges that RIM faced to protect its intellectual property, and how did RIM handle those challenges?

BlackBerry users are facing a new wave of disruptions to their smartphone service. Research in Motion (RIM) firm behind the gadgets that had users in Europe having problems with their service. It come after a hardware failure left millions of people unable to access email, surf the web or use BlackBerry messenger over three days in October last year. Last years problems were caused by failure of a dual redundant high capacity course switch designed to protect BlackBerry’s infrastructure. RIM’s shares fell to a nine-year low in June after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, saying the company’s challenges were piling up. The legal action between NTP and RIM over the intellectual property. RIM resolved the action. To protect its intellectual property, RIM agreed to pay $612.5 million to NTP Inc. to settle the legal action. The dispute had threatened to end RIM’s BlackBerry email service to millions of users in the U.S. and has been the subject of a four-year patent war between the two companies. Under the agreement, RIM received rights to NTP’s patents going forward. RIM made a one-time payment to NTP. Even if the U.S. Patent and Trademark office eventually overturned NTP’s patents, NTP would not have to repay the $612.5 million....
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