First there was Prism. Then Eastman Kodak had to join in, and now Motorola? Is the hopeful contender worried that they need a US ban on BlackBerry to gain sales for their Droid? RIM has seen it’s fair share of complaints lately, and hopefully we won’t see a US ban anytime soon.
ZDNet brought to light the news when Eastman Kodak filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple and RIM. They alleged that iPhones and camera-enabled BlackBerry devices have violated their patent for color image previewing. Eastman Kodak’s intellectual property chief stated that both parties had been working on a resolution but were unable to come to an agreement. She further stated that Kodak’s main interest is to get compensation for the use of it’s technology and not to have the products withdrawn from the US market. But then they filed with the US International Trade Commission for a US ban on camera-enabled devices.
And if that wasn’t enough, enter Motorola. On Friday, Motorola said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that RIM is infringing on five Motorola patents. According to Motorola, RIM had a license but it expired in 2007. RIM had joined Motorola in a license back in 2003 but the licensing deal is since expired. The Motorola patents relate to WiFi access, management of applications, user interface, and power management.
I hope that the US International Trade Commission keeps in mind that BlackBerry devices are the main devices used by government and companies. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what the outcome will be in this mobile Clash Of The Titans.