Motorola, RIM Settle Patent Dispute

Agreement involves a long-term cross-licensing arrangement of various patent rights for technologies such as 2G, 3G, 4G and wireless email

U.S. mobile phone manufacturer Motorola and Canada's Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, announced Friday that they have reached a settlement to their long-running patent dispute.

Motorola and RIM said they have forged a settlement and license agreement which ends all outstanding litigation between the two companies.

They said in a statement that the agreement includes an up-front payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola. Financial details were not released.

Motorola and RIM said the agreement involves a long-term cross-licensing arrangement of various patent rights for technologies such as 2G, 3G, 4G and wireless email.

The companies will transfer certain unspecified patents to each other.

Motorola filed a complaint with the U.S. government in January accusing RIM of patent infringement and unfair trade practices.

The complaint with the International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial arm of the Commerce Department, said the BlackBerry maker infringed on Motorola's patents in key technology areas, including Wi-Fi access and power management.

A court case involving the two technology giants was pending in the U.S. courts, with complaints filed in 2008 by each firm accusing the other of misappropriating technology.

RIM knocked Motorola off the list of the world's top five mobile phone manufacturers in the first quarter of 2010, according to industry tracker IDC.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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