What the papers say: BlackBerry court win isn't last word

BlackBerry-maker RIM scored some important victories last week in the latest twist to its longstanding patent dispute with Luxembourg-based InPro.

The High Court ruling in its favour generated favourable headlines, such as 'Another patent victory for BlackBerry' (PC Advisor, 3 February).

Adding its mighty weight to RIM's case was the US government, which requested that federal users be exempted from any cessation of service: 'Washington "needs BlackBerry"' (bbc.co.uk,  2 February).

With such positive coverage and a rising share price, it seemed BlackBerry owners could begin to feel confident: 'Brits can hang on to their BlackBerrys' (ABCMoney. co.uk, 2 February). But they cannot relax yet.

Commentators observed that the High Court ruling was 'nothing but a public relations win', and that the wrangling made a shutdown 'a little more likely' (vnunet.com, 3 February).

A settlement is deemed the most likely outcome, but some investors are allegedly ditching their handsets already. 'Crackberries' –  owners who have succumbed to the device's addictive nature – may suffer withdrawal after all.

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

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