Research In Motion Essay

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Research In Motion Limited (RIM) is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless device company best known for developing the Blackberry Smartphone. RIM has his headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is a sponsor of RIM Park in the northeast of the city. Founded by Mike Lazaridis, who currently serves as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie were keenly interested in this project.

Preceding the time of manufacture of the Smartphone, RIM worked with RAM Mobile Data and Ericsson to turn the development of Ericsson’s Mobitex wireless data network into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. The most important in this development was the release of the Interactive pager ...view middle of the document...

RIM was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in MacLean’s newsmagazine in October 2008.

RIM announced that they were expanding their global operations by opening an office and training facility in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in February 2009. Just across the Harbour Bridge, ten minutes from the Sydney CBD, the new RIM offices were formally unveiled by Mr. Thomas A. MacDonald, Consul General of Canada, at a ceremony attended by dignitaries from the New South Wales Government and North Sydney Council, as well as RIM’s partners and customers. The new office features training facilities, a research and development centre, a strategic partner marketing centre and technical support services. Total workforce provides 12,000 jobs world wide.

RIM has announced they were acquiring Dash Navigation, makers of the Dash Express in June 2009.Fortune Magazine named RIM as the fastest growing company in the world with a growth of 84% in profits over three years despite the recession on August 18, 2009.The BlackBerry product line has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and RIM just passed 25 years as a company. 50 million wireless handset units world wide (as of Q4 2008), making it the second best-selling Smartphone in the world in this 10 year time period. Company announced acquisition of BlackBerry applications developer Vigo, a Toronto-based company on March 26, 2010. Terms and conditions are not yet disclosed at that time.

RIM reached an agreement with Harman International for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems on April 12, 2010. "RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smart phones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM's portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today."

Patent litigation
RIM has been embroiled in a series of suits relating to alleged patent infringement since the turn of the century. Research In Motion sued competitor Glenayre Electronics Inc for patent infringement, partly in response to an earlier infringement suit filed by Glenayre against RIM in 2001. RIM sought an injunction to prevent Glenayre from infringing on RIM's "Single Mailbox Integration" patent. The suit was ultimately settled.

Research In Motion filed suit against 2000 start-up and competitor Good Technology in June 2002.RIM filed additional...

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