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US judge refused to order BlackBerry shutdown

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Relief for the movers and shakers of the US business world who feared that their BlackBerry portable e-mail devices were about to be switched off.

The technology that powers them is at the centre of a long running court case over patents.

The Canadian company that makes the devices, Research in Motion, is being sued by a US firm NTP, which says its patents have been violated.

The judge hearing the case rejected NTP’s request for an injunction ordering the BlackBerry network in the United States to be immediately turned off and said the matter should have been settled out of court.

But US District Judge James Spencer said there was no escaping that RIM had been found to be infringing on NTP patents and he would issue a decision on an injunction “as soon as reasonably possible.”

The devices are used by over three million US subscribers including many government officials.