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RIM and Eatoni to work on text keyboard technology

The pact stems from a settlement agreement between the two over a lawsuit and a countersuit related to patent infringement.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said on Wednesday it will work with Eatoni Ergonomics to develop a new text keyboard technology. The two companies signed an agreement in which Eatoni, which specializes in designing hardware and software for keyboards, would grant RIM a license to use its technology. RIM, in return, made an equity investment in Eatoni.

The pact stems from a settlement agreement between the two over a lawsuit and a countersuit related to patent infringement, the companies said. "The parties met in accordance with the court's mediation process and common goals were identified, which led to the settlement," RIM and Eatoni said in a statement. The two companies' claims have been mutually dismissed and further details of the pact are being kept confidential. RIM's shares rose $1.36 on the Nasdaq to finish at $116.88.