BlackBerry lawsuit settles for $450M US: Patent Law Questions Remain

The legal saga involving NTP’s patents covering Research-In-Motion’s BlackBerry (R) technology appears to be over. According to news reports, RIM has settled the BlackBerry Lawsuit for $450M (US). 

The lawsuit did produce what appears to be an expansion of U.S. patent laws to cover infringing activity that partially occurs on foreign soil.  However, the settlement leaves a number of open questions regarding application of the newly expanded theory of liability. 


NOTE: The drawing above was used in RIM’s brief at the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to graphically show how a substantial portion of the ‘infringing’ activity occurred on foreign soil.  The Court rejected RIM’s argument that activity across the border could not create liability under the U.S. patent laws.