The RIM patent lawsuit mess is only getting more ridiculous. Fresh off of Visto suing RIM for infringement concerning patents where plenty of experts are calling into question the validity of Visto's patents, Visto's CEO is claiming that somehow this is RIM's fault. Specifically, while saying they don't want to be filing these lawsuits, Visto's CEO says that when it comes to RIM: "If they force us to shut them down, we will do that." Now that's quite a unique way of looking at things. First of all, it's not Visto's decision as to whether or not RIM should be "shut down," and it's bothersome that Visto thinks the proper end result, should RIM not want to license its patents, is for it to be shut down completely. This shuts down important innovation in the actual market (where most of the innovation has nothing to do with what the patents discuss). If the courts do find that RIM has violated the patents, forcing them to pay a license fee is much more reasonable, making Visto whole while not punishing the market. Shutting down RIM is clearly about getting RIM out of the market, not promoting innovation. Visto is using vague patents, which had nothing to do with RIM's success to simply drive the more successful company out of the space. That's not promoting innovation -- it's hindering it. It's punishing the company that successfully innovated. It's exactly the opposite of what the patent system is supposed to be doing.
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