Research In Motion and Glenayre Announce Alliance for New Solutions, and Settlement of Patent and Trademark Infringement Litigation
Companies Agree to Integrate Unified Communications Solution with BlackBerry
Waterloo, Canada and Atlanta, Georgia - February 5, 2002 - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, and Glenayre Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEMS), a leading global provider of advanced and next-generation messaging solutions, today announced that the companies are working together to integrate Glenayre's messaging services with RIM's BlackBerry Wireless Handheld. This collaboration will create a carrier-grade offering that will provide seamless integration of voice mail, e-mail, fax, and text messages on a single device.
"BlackBerry is built on an extensible Java-based architecture that allows RIM to partner with other leading technology companies to continuously expand the BlackBerry value proposition," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "Our development effort with Glenayre is designed to expand our carrier partners' service offering and deliver another compelling mobile application for BlackBerry users."
"Glenayre is excited by the opportunities this alliance presents," said Eric Doggett, President and Chief Executive Officer for Glenayre. "We are focused on using technology as a tool to simplify communications. Together with RIM, our unified communications solutions will make it easier for subscribers to stay in touch by increasing the degree of control over when, where and how they communicate, while reducing the number of devices they need to purchase and carry. By leveraging RIM's impressive secure enterprise reach and expertise with Glenayre's carrier-grade unified communications solutions, we believe our joint offering will be both highly differentiating and compelling for service providers and users."
Based on the initial collaboration, a technology demonstration is planned for Glenayre's stand #B31 during the GSM World Congress tradeshow from February 19-22, 2002 in Cannes, France. The technology demonstration will illustrate how subscribers will be able to manage, receive and listen to voice messages using BlackBerry handhelds.
The companies also announced they have reached a settlement of the patent and trademark infringement complaint filed by RIM in May 2001. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties acknowledge that RIM's Single Mailbox Integration Patent (United States Patent No. 6,219,694) is valid and both parties agree to dismiss all pending claims. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed. Glenayre's suit filed in July 1999 has also been resolved.
Glenayre is a leader of enhanced services and unified communications solutions for service providers including wireless, fixed network, ISP and broadband. Glenayre systems are designed on open platforms with a standards-based architecture supporting IP and traditional telephony networks for a graceful evolution from 2G to 2.5G and 3G services. More than 200 service providers in over 60 countries have deployed Glenayre messaging solutions for voice, fax and e-mail messaging, including one-number services, voice navigation and voice dialing, mailbox out-dialing and one-touch call return. Glenayre, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has been providing carrier-grade communications solutions for the global market for nearly 40 years. For more information, please visit www.Glenayre.com.
About Glenayre's Personal Communications Portal:
Glenayre's continued development of innovative voice services will culminate in a unique Personal Communications Portal that serves as a single base of control for all of a user's communications activities. Service providers that deploy this personal portal will be able to offer flexible, customized solutions that deliver and manage content for a variety of subscriber markets. Subscribers will be able to customize their Personal Communications Portal, select the content that best suits their needs and access and manage information to get what they want, whenever they want it. By making communications services easier to use, service providers can increase their revenue streams, build subscriber loyalty and reduce costly churn.
About Research In Motion:
Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers around the world to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products includes the RIM Wireless Handheld product line, the BlackBerry wireless email solution, embedded radio-modems and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario RIM operates offices in Canada, the United States and England. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.net. Investors may contact email@example.com. Customers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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