Thursday, December 01, 2005

BlackBerry with a Gun Against its Head

Articles that predict an imminent injunction against the BlackBerry network are now appearing in the press.

No one knows how this will turn out, but RIM is hinting that it wants to keep fighting, threatening to rollout a new implementation that they claim doesn't infringe NTP's patent. So let us suppose for a minute that RIM bravely fights on. What could happen?

The courts could decide, as early as in the next few weeks, to put the injunction back into effect and shut down the RIM network in the U.S. What effect would this have? It would certainly enrage millions of American BlackBerry users. For the first time in quite a while, a large populous would feel the oppressive weight of our current patent system bearing down directly on them, their businesses, their lifestyles, and their comfort. They would directly feel the unfairness inherent in a system that impedes innovation and progress at the behest of idea monopolists. With all that pain, they might even clamor for effective reform.

Here's hoping that RIM maintains the course, and bravely fights to expose these serious flaws in the U.S. Patent System.

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