Friday, November 11, 2005

US gov. wades into Blackberry patent fight

Now this is an interesting development. It seems the federal government has stepped into the patent fight over Blackberries and e-mail. They've asked the judge to make sure that any injunction doesn't shut down the 50,000 to 200,000 federal employees who depend on the things.

Can you imagine being the attorney who has to say to the judge, in effect, "your honor, we would like you to please issue an injunction that will turn this communications device, on which most of the House and Senate along with 200,000 other federal employees have become dependent, into an expensive travel alarm"? There's someone who sure better enjoy a challenge...

Here's another interesting question to contemplate: exactly how dependent is the operation of our federal government on this privately operated, business-grade communications service, and what sorts of communications pass through it?

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