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ITC Judge Finds Kodak Patent Invalid In RIM Litigation
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WATERLOO, ONTARIO and IRVING, TEXAS, May 21 (MARKET WIRE) -- Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today learned of an initial determination by Judge Pender at the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") finding that Eastman Kodak's U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 for digital cameras ("Kodak's '218 patent") - the only Kodak patent asserted against RIM products at the ITC - is invalid. This is the second of two ITC Judges with technical backgrounds who have found Kodak's patent invalid. On January 14, 2010, Kodak filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that certain RIM camera-enabled products infringe Kodak's '218 patent. On January 24, 2011, then-presiding Chief Judge Luckern found that RIM's BlackBerry(R) products do not infringe the Kodak '218 patent and that the '218 patent is invalid. The ITC Commissioners later modified the interpretation of the '218 patent and sent the case to Judge Pender for further proceedings. Today, Judge Pender issued an initial determination again finding Kodak's '218 patent is invalid. Thus, two experienced ITC Judges with technical backgrounds have come to the same conclusion that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid. Today's initial determination is subject to a review and possible modification by the ITC Commissioners. Absent modification by a majority vote of the Commissioners of the ITC, Judge Pender's decision will become the final determination of the ITC. The ITC's final decision is scheduled for September 21, 2012. RIM and Kodak are also litigating the '218 patent in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Dallas). On May 9th, Presiding U.S. District Judge Kinkeade offered to immediately conduct a non-jury trial to resolve the pending patent disputes between Kodak and RIM, which would allow Kodak (which is now in bankruptcy) to seek monetary damages that are not available at the ITC. RIM accepted the Judge's offer and agreed to an immediate trial. However, Kodak objected and requested instead a jury trial at some later date. About Research In Motion Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws relating to further anticipated proceedings in the above-mentioned dispute with Kodak, including further review and possible modification of today's initial determination by the ITC Commissioners, the anticipated timing of the ITC's final decision, and procedural matters in connection with a case involving Kodak's same patent before the United States District Court in Dallas. The terms and phrases "subject to", "possible", "will", "scheduled", "would", and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: the outcome of further proceedings before the ITC and the United States District Court in Dallas, the discretion of the decision-makers in those proceedings, as well as other risks relating to intellectual property and the inherent uncertainty of litigation and ITC proceedings as described in further detail in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of RIM's MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM's forward-looking statements. 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