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RIM Sued Over Emoticon Input on BlackBerry Devices

Capture on 03-19-2012 20-50-10RIM has yet another suit to worry about and this one may bring a big frowning face with it. Sad smile The new suit is over method of emoticon input on BlackBerry devices. The company suing RIM is Varia Holdings LLC, which was awarded the patent in 2007 claims RIM is infringing in the following:

an input key that, when pressed by the user while in text mode, results in the display of a list of emoticons for selection by the user. By displaying a list of emoticons, a more user friendly environment is created through which users may employ emoticons in their communications.

The suit also names other devices vendors that make Android devices, so its not just RIM.

Source:  via N4BB

6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. This suit is stupid. While I am all for protecting intellectual property, 1. This patent was awarded in 2007 so why sue now (approx 5 years later)? 2. Where does basic functionality end? It is like me taking out a patent on an on/off button or call/end buttons. 3. Is this company planning on suing emoticon app developers or companies (i.e. IBM has an emoticon button within their Lotus Notes application)?

  2. What about Apple and Android? Their both using emoticons as well.

  3. Yay patent trolls…

  4. If companies focused on development more than law suits, we would be sending emails to the moon and back by now.

    Oh, did I mention they would make lawsuits for moon livers (get, liver… :-p) those who send emails without paying their fees.

    Hmm, if I make a smiley here like this 🙂 or this 🙂 is Berryreview supposed to be sued too…sheh

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