ITC Judge Finds Kodak Patent Invalid In RIM Litigation

Mon May 21, 2012 3:05pm EDT

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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.

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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
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    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.
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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
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and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
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