and in March, 2005 RIM agreed to pay NTP $450M for Patent Infringement but so far no money has changed hands. This is because RIM's lawyers started using devious tactics such as stating that Canada is not bound by U.S. Patent laws. This infuriated the U.S. Courts and also the larger U.S. software companies so now RIM will be punished, both by the Courts and by U.S. software companies. This is your typical stupid Canadian mentality but this time the Courts will stay their ground and punish RIM. If and when the U.S Injunction is imposed, all RIM wireless email will be shutdown inside the U.S.
Congratulations to RIM and it's lousy lawyers for destroying a good thing! Even if RIM decides to pay the award to NTP, they will still be desimated by Microsoft and the consortium of companies that will use the new Microsoft Mobile Platform for all wireless email going forward. This is a lose lose situation for RIM and that is why the stock price will drop like a rock and RIM's future bleak.