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Handspring and RIM settle keyboard patent dispute

Rival PDA makers Handspring and Research in Motion (RIM) have settled a patent dispute filed by RIM, maker of the BlackBerry PDA, earlier this year, with Handspring agreeing to pay a licence fee.

In a lawsuit filed in September, RIM alleged that certain devices in Handspring's Treo product line infringed a patent associated with "unique keyboard features" used in RIM's BlackBerry handhelds.

The two companies said in a joint statement issued yesterday that "RIM has agreed to dismiss its pending litigation against Handspring following the execution of a definitive agreement."

Specific terms of the royalty-bearing licence were not disclosed.

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