4 June, 2008 – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. will avoid a trial with Visto Corp. after a Canadian court ruled the privately held California-based company infringed on three RIM patents. As a result of the litigation, Visto will have to pay royalties relating to three patents held by RIM.
According to the CEO of mobile e-mail software Synchronica, which built its Mobile Gateway product exclusively on open industry standards such as Push IMAP, SyncML/OMA DS and CalDAV, this lawsuit is just another instance of the folly of the patent craze stifling the IT sector and the mobile email market in particular:
“Patent wars rarely pay off. Open industry standards and interoperability, rather than proprietary protocols and patents are the way to make mobile email successful in the mass-market,” comments Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, “Open standards do not belong to anybody and can be implemented free of charge. As shown with the Internet (TCP/IP and HTTP) as well as the dominant GSM mobile networks, it is industry standards that are supported by all leading device manufacturers and used to connect billions of users.”
Synchronica plc develops and markets industry standard mobile email and synchronization solutions for the vast majority of devices in the market today. Mobile operators, device manufacturers and service providers in emerging and developed markets use Synchronica products to offer mobile email, PIM synchronization and backup & restore services to their consumer and corporate customer base. Products include the push email and synchronization solution Mobile Gateway and the mass-market device backup solution Mobile Backup.
Headquartered in the UK with a development centre in Germany and a presence in Hong Kong, Dubai and U.S. Synchronica plc is a public company traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC.LN). More information is available at www.synchronica.com.
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