RIM Hits Back Over Motorola Nondisclosure Suit

By Ryan Davis (December 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Three months after Motorola Inc. sued BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. for allegedly trying to poach its employees and steal Motorola trade secrets, RIM has fired back, claiming that Motorola's suit constitutes unfair competition and is based on a misinterpretation of an agreement between the two companies.

In a suit filed Dec. 23 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division, RIM claims that Motorola's suit "improperly and irresponsibly" seeks to expand a nondisclosure agreement between the companies to prevent RIM from hiring any Motorola employees at all. The suit claims that a blanket ban on hiring was...

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