In late 2002, a jury found the Canadian wireless messaging developerand ordered it to pay $23 million in damages, a verdict that RIM has appealed. In the meantime, NTP asked for an injunction that could indefinitely lock the maker of the BlackBerry wireless device out of the United States, one of its biggest markets.
The decision could "come down at any time," said John Wyss, a partner with the law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding who represents NTP.
RIM declined to comment.
NTP filed suit in federal court in Richmond, Va., in late 2001, claiming that RIM infringed on its patents that cover the use of radio frequency wireless communications in electronic mail systems. RIM's BlackBerry service, software and devices allow individuals to wirelessly send and receive information such as e-mail and company data on handheld devices.
The NTP suit is one of a handful of legal battles involving RIM. In November,
The handheld device maker is also embroiled in a series of lawsuits with start-up Good Technology. RIM's latest request forby a California judge in April.