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previous post on the coming Blackberry freeze. The cold north winds just picked up, prepare to rest your thumbs.
In a ruling yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request to review NTP's patent infringment ruling against it. The case now reverts back to a U.S. district court for continued adjudication.
Can We Use Smoke Signals?
Before you go into thumberry withdrawal, know that there are options. Worst case, NTP's requested injunction forces RIM to go radio silent, which would negatively affect some 4.3 million U.S. subscribers. However, know NTP has agreed that such an injunction would NOT affect U.S., federal, state, or local governments, which had previously been a concern.
Best case? NTP and Research in Motion (RIM) settle, share their marbles, and enable the continued operation of of Wall Street analysts and traders everywhere.
RIM put this press release on its Web site and indicated that it had already prepared contingencies, none of which do, in fact, include reverting to smoke signals.
However, because I like burning things, I stand ready on my hill in South Austin prepared to convey messages to any disconnected downtown Austin Blackberryites who also happen to be IBM customers. Non-IBM customers will receive passed along messages via smoke signals on an as-available basis, but please understand in advance that my woodpile is not very large.
More details as they emerge...assuming the Blackberry service stays up long enough to deliver them.