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September 29, 2005 23:46 ET

RIM Provides Update on Patent Reexamination Proceeding

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) confirmed that it received a copy today of an initial ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") in the Director-initiated inter partes reexamination of NTP, Inc. Patent #6,317,592. As previously reported by RIM in its press release on August 2, 2005, this patent contains five claims that are the subject of RIM's pending appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

All 665 claims in this NTP patent were unanimously rejected by a panel of three senior patent examiners in the initial ruling. The USPTO ruling cited a variety of reasons including the TeleNor prior art submitted recently by RIM, as well as RIM's own single mailbox integration patent (#6,219,694) which was determined by the USPTO to have been invented prior to the NTP patent filing.

The USPTO has now issued initial rulings in the reexaminations of all eight NTP patents relating to the NTP vs. RIM litigation and has rejected 100% of the 1,921 claims contained in those patents, including the 16 claims asserted against RIM. Final rulings from the USPTO are still pending and NTP is expected to appeal the eight initial rulings.

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Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit or

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