1. What were some of the challenges RIM faced to protect its Intellectual Property and how did RIM handle those challenges?
There was a 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 fight. The dispute had threatened to end RIM's BlackBerry e-mail service to millions of users in the U.S. and has been the subject of an four-year patent battle 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. "There is no provision for the PTO re-exam. This is a full and final settlement," he said. RIM and NTP briefly agreed to settle the case for $450 million in March of 2005, but that deal later fell through. RIM thought the companies had come to a final agreement, but NTP believed the matter had never been finalized, and the litigation continued.
2. What were some of the industry factors that influenced RIM?
1. Help Organizations Reduce "Information Squandering"
2. Balance Technology with Information
3. Contribute to and Shape the Discussion of Information Worker Productivity
4. Support the Evolution of the Role of CIOs
5. Facilitate Development of the Information Savvy CEO
6. Help Shape the Next Generation of Information Professionals
7. Monitor and Contribute to the High-Visibility Information Issues of the Day
3. Apply as many TCOs as you can to the RIM.
| |TCO |RIM |
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