RIM Goes 3-for-3

By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2002-11-08 Print this article Print

Research in Motion scored a partnership triptych this week, announcing licensing deals with Nokia, Palm and Handspring.

Research in Motion Ltd. scored a partnership triptych this week, announcing licensing deals with Nokia Corp., Palm Inc. and Handspring Inc. Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia Corp. has licensed software from RIM for use in future mobile phones. RIM, of Waterloo, Canada, specializes in wireless e-mail pagers. Neither company would divulge the financial terms of the deal or discuss exact plans for the technology, but Nokia officials did confirm that the company plans to take advantage of RIMs e-mail platform.
Meanwhile, two RIM competitors are licensing the companys keyboard design, for which RIM holds a patent. The keyboard is designed to be operated with the thumbs.
In September, RIM sued fellow handheld computer maker Handspring Inc., claiming the keyboards on Handsprings Treo devices infringed on RIMs patents. But the two companies apparently made peace this week; Handspring announced plans to license the RIM keyboard patents, and RIM agreed to dismiss its pending litigation against Handspring once the deal was complete. At the same time, RIM announced plans to license certain keyboard patents to Palm Inc. for use in Palms upcoming Tungsten W wireless handheld computer, which, like the RIM Blackberry, was designed with remote corporate users in mind.

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