RIM pays Motorola undisclosed amount in patent settlement

BlackBerry phone maker Research In Motion has agreed to pay Motorola an undisclosed amount as part of a patent infringement settlement announced today.

The two phone companies previously had a license agreement that ran for four years between 2003 and 2007, but they failed to agree on terms for its renewal, resulting in lawsuits back and forth, reports Bloomsberg Businessweek.

Motrola claims that because RIM is no longer part of its agreement, it has breached its patent copyrights on 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless e-mail technologies, but the settlement today includes a new license agreement that will allow RIM access to these on a long-term basis.

While the exact figures have not been revealed, RIM will make an up-front payment initially and then pay royalties to Motorola to use the patented technology from now on.

Earlier today Lambda began suing Cisco and others over patents. A few days ago Parallel Networks began suing the world plus dog over commercial website patents.