BlackBerry Maker Prevails In U.K. Patent Clash

Law360 (February 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Declaring that Visto Corp.'s patent for e-mail synchronization technology was invalid, the British patent court on Wednesday handed BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. the first win in many lawsuits across the globe between the two companies.

Lord Justice Timothy A.W. Lloyd of the United Kingdom's High Court of Justice ruled that patent licenser Visto's e-mail synchronization system was obvious because of a Lotus Notes system that had gone before it.

He also found that Visto's arguments — that the use of the “http” protocol to...
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