Readers will recall that less RIM settled another lawsuit, this one with NTP, just a couple of months ago, after it reached the U.S. Supreme Court and threatened to sever the digital lifeline of thousands of so-called CrackBerry addicts, er, users. That suit cost RIM a cool $612.5 million.
In its suit, Visto alleges that BlackBerry infringes on its patents for software for wireless e-mail. Visto seeks (surprise!) cash damages and for RIM to stop using the technology.
The BlackBerry has been around for years. Cynics will say Visto is being disengenuous, having waited for several years (and quite possibly, to see the outcome of the NTP suit) before deciding RIM was violating its patent. Count me among them.