Motorola and RIM Settle Patent Infringement Dispute

In The News
June 18, 2010
Jesse J. Jenner
Steven Pepe

Ropes & Gray client Motorola, Inc. recently entered into a settlement and licensing agreement with Research In Motion (RIM), ending a lengthy patent infringement dispute including a proceeding in the International Trade Commission. The agreement ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between these two leading mobile communications companies.

Under the publicly reported terms of the otherwise-confidential settlement, RIM will make an upfront payment and pay ongoing royalties to Motorola. The Ropes & Gray team, which included lawyers from four of the firm's offices, was led by partners Jesse Jenner and Steven Pepe.

Ropes & Gray's intellectual property group provides a full range of IP rights and management services from licensing and transactions to rights protection and full-scale litigation. With a team of more than 200 lawyers, 40 patent agents and technical advisors and 60 paralegals, Ropes & Gray advises industry innovators on their most challenging issues, anywhere in the world.

In June, the firm won Chambers USA’s 2010 "Award for Excellence" as the leading practice in the United States for intellectual property, and The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers has named five Ropes & Gray partners to its distinguished list for 2010. Two other surveys by Managing IP and Asia IP recently ranked Ropes & Gray’s IP practices among the best in the world.