January 23, 2006

US high court refuses to review RIM patent ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
turned down a request to review a major patent infringement
ruling against the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device.

The high court rejected a petition by Research In Motion
Ltd. to review a federal appeals court ruling that could lead
to a shutdown of most U.S. BlackBerry sales and service.

On October 26, Chief Justice John Roberts turned down an
earlier request by RIM to stay the lower court's patent
infringement ruling while the high court decides whether to
hear a RIM appeal.