Research In Motion Files Wireless Patent Complaint Against Glenayre Electronics, Inc.
May 17, 2001
Waterloo, ON: Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM), a pioneer and world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that it has filed a complaint for patent and trademark infringement against Glenayre Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEMS), a provider of personal telecommunication systems. The complaint was filed May 16, 2001 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
The complaint alleges that Glenayre has engaged in acts of patent infringement, trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and false advertising in connection with the development, marketing and sale of wireless handheld products.
The complaint alleges that Glenayre's conduct violates federal patent law 35 U.S.C. 271, by infringing RIM's recently issued United States Patent No. 6,219,694. The patent relates to RIM's BlackBerry Single Mailbox Integration patent which covers a system and method invented by RIM that was commercialized as an important architectural element of RIM's award-winning BlackBerry wireless email solution. This action also alleges that Glenayre violates the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1114 and 1125(a)) and the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act (6 Del. C. 2531 et. seq.) for deceptive trade practices and unfair competition based upon Glenayre's unauthorized and willful use of designations and names confusingly similar to registered trademarks belonging to RIM.
In its complaint, RIM seeks Glenayre to be found to have infringed on RIM's patent rights and that such conduct entitles RIM to preliminary and permanent injunctions barring Glenayre from continuing to infringe on RIM's patents. In addition RIM seeks to prevent Glenayre from using product designations that infringe on RIM's registered trademarks and also seeks injunctive relief, profits, damages, costs and legal fees for Glenayre's allegedly willful conduct.
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