This case concerns a dispute between a US inventor and a Canadian technology company over patent infringement. The technology in question is an essential part of the BlackBerry communications device and the innovation is the wireless receipt of e-mail. The resulting legal battle threatened to shut down the BlackBerry system leaving millions of users, including essential government employees in the US and elsewhere, without their main communications tool. The inventor sought compensation for infringement through a company that operated solely to manage intellectual property. The case raises important issues in the strategic management of intellectual property.
- Intellectual Property,