Research In Motion Essay

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In 1984 Mike and Douglas were the founders of Research In Motion. Later, Jim joined the company as co-CEO. RIM is a wireless equipment company, and telecommunication with its headquarter in Waterloo, Canada. The company is well known as the developer of smartphones for government usage and business.What were some of the challenges that RIM faced to protect its intellectual property, and how did RIM handle those challenges?RIM encountered a major challenge from NTP which is a patent holding company. Where NTP informed RIM of the patent that wireless email was the infringement. The email wireless communication was RIM's biggest success in the industry of wireless technology. The case which was filed by NTP had a big impact on US governement therfore US Supreme Court got involved and the case lasted for 6 years. Also, there was a threat of Blackberry shutdown which not only provoked concern from Business in USA but also Defence Department. To settle the case RIM unfortunately agreed to pay $612.5 million to NTP which brought a raise in share price of nearly 15% which was a surprise.The number one and most important security concern for every organization is Protecting intellectual property. One of the way to implement the policy is by blocking video camera of employee's phones and request them to register their phones. RIM reacords and tracks all employees communication by using its domain to protect its intellectual property. If there is any breach of information, the company usually wipes out all the data from that particular device and employees are well aware of the monitoring and are fully cooperative with the policy. Also, customers were able to remotely control the popping up a message of how to return devices devices, change password, to lock, and even wiping out their data.What were some of the industry factors that influenced RIM?Two broad contributing industry factors that greatly influenced RIM:1) RIM's Innovative capability (both Product and Process) and the availability of Complementing technology:(TCO A)RIM was founded with the main objective of developing a commercially viable technology, innovation with a key focus on the business market (appropriation). As late entrant into the PDA market, RIM was able to perfect on some of the technical drawbacks to the early PDA innovators.(TCO E)The emergence of the "QWERTY" keyboard as the dominant design for the PDA was patented, developed and adopted as the BlackBerry keyboard.(TCO F)The wireless...

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