U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who handles last-minute appeals, did not comment on the rejection of RIM's emergency application. The company asked the high court on Monday to haltthat could enforce a 2-year-old injunction.
Despite the potential threat of having to shutter its service, RIM could avoid a U.S. shutdown if it ultimately wins the case or decides to license the patent from NTP. Jim Balsillie, RIM's co-chief executive officer, has also noted thatfor BlackBerry devices and their respective servers should the company fail to convince the courts of its case. Therefore, BlackBerry customers are unlikely to have their service disrupted.
As things now stand, RIM could re-appeal its case to another member of the Supreme Court, although a different ruling is considered a legal long shot by analysts. Roberts' decision mirrors a