Research in Motion (RIM) is a designer, and manufacturer of BlackBerry wireless and e-mail services for the worldwide mobile communications market. RIM was founded in 1984 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada by Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin. With the development of integrated hardware, software and services, it provides platforms and solutions for all-in-one access to information, including e-mail, voice, browsing, instant messaging, short message service (SMS), Internet and intranet-based applications. It’s selection of products, services, and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations and millions of consumers around the world including the BlackBerry wireless solution, and ...view middle of the document...
RIM implements programs that can locate devices by showing current location of devices. The service provides customers make devices ring even if it is in silent mode. In addition, customers can remotely control the devices by locking it, changing password, popping up a message of how to return devices, and even wiping out customers information data. (BlackBerry, 2013)
In 1991, 164 306 patent applications were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). One was filed by Thomas Campana Jr. It, and the additional patents he ultimately received, would threaten the wireless e-mail industry eleven years later, when the BlackBerry system would be found to infringe Campana's patents. (Teska, 2006).
Apart from the monetary damages, ultimately totaling $53.7 million, the biggest threat to RIM was an injunction, which could essentially shut down the BlackBerry system. To stave off that possibility, the company filed requests with the PTO for reexamination of the patents, moved for a new trial, filed an appeal, and moved to stay all court proceedings pending the reexamination. The odds were good (90 percent) that the Patent Office would take a second look but poor (12 percent) that it would strike all the claims. (Teska, 2006).
RIM also implements guidelines of how to use its intellectual property, example includes: trademark, logos, images, partner guidelines, and alliance programs. The entrance of smartphones in the wireless market, like Android and Microsoft’s window platform greatly affects RIM intellectual property. BlackBerry was the leading smartphone in many markets, especially in the United States where businesses and government were BlackBerry major customers.
However, in recent years, RIM has been facing stiff competitions from Apple iPhone, smartphones running Android, and Microsoft’s window phone platform. The competition hugely affects the company.
Many manufacturing companies including Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola have come up against RIM. The team-up causes a great falling number of users using RIM. In early 2012, there were...