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May 1, 2006 at 1:29 PM

RIM, 0; Microsoft, 2

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Research In Motion has been hit with another patent-infringement suit, this time seeking to halt sales of its popular BlackBerry e-mail devices in the U.S.

Visto, a maker of wireless e-mail software, has sued RIM over four Visto patents. The closely held Redwood Shores, Calif., company said it’s seeking an injunction and monetary damages against Waterloo, Ont.-based RIM.

The much discussed suit a small Virginia company called NTP lodged atainst RIM provoked concern among BlackBerry users that their service would be shut off in the U.S., which led them to start considering products from other providers, including Visto, Good and Microsoft.

RIM chose to settle the NTP case by paying it $612.5 million.

But in addition to its legal woes, RIM also has to deal with competition that’s catching up. The word is that the Motorola Q, expected to be the device closest yet to a BlackBerry, will launch May 22 after a number of delays.

Engadget is reporting that it will likely be announced at a press conference with Motorola and Verizon Wireless in New York.

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