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Moto Complains to ITC About RIM

It looks as of BlackBerry maker BlackBerry might soon be embroiled in another patent battle with Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT).

Moto announced late Friday that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that the Canadian gadget maker "has engaged in unfair trade practices by the importation and sale of RIM products that infringe on five of Motorola's patents." (See Moto Sticks It to RIM.)

Motorola claims that the five patents listed in the complaint "relate to certain early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas, such as WiFi access, application management, user interface and power management, that are now being used by RIM." The Chicago networking stalwart is asking the ITC to stop the importation and sale in the U.S. of RIM devices it claims infringe its patents.

RIM hasn't made any official comment on the complaint yet.

The vendor is no stranger to patent battles, however. RIM and Motorola first filed suit against each other in 2008, after a cross-licensing deal expired. Much of the last decade for RIM, meanwhile, was dominated by an intellectual property rights spat with NTP Software Inc. (See RIM, NTP Come to Terms.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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