Research in Motion Ltd. lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid Wednesday to block proceedings that might result in a nationwide shutdown of its BlackBerry e-mail service.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. rejected the company's request to stop lower-court proceedings while it pursues a Supreme Court review of a patent-infringement finding. The focus of the case now shifts to a federal court in Richmond, Va., where a trial judge will consider halting BlackBerry sales and service in the U.S. for individuals and companies.
That process is likely to take months, patent owner NTP Inc. said in a court filing that urged Roberts to reject the request. By then, Research in Motion will have had a chance to seek full Supreme Court consideration of its appeal, NTP said. Roberts' action Wednesday was limited to denying Research in Motion's request for a stay.
NTP said it had made repeated settlement offers to address Research in Motion's business needs and that the company had failed to respond to many of the offers.