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Apple Reportedly Purging RIM's Enterprise Sales Staff

apple-vs-rimIt’s no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace.  It’s also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice.  But perhaps RIM’s feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM’s sales staff in the least year and a half.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal:

In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM’s enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple.  This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, according to LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.

WSJ‘s report also notes how Apple revealed during their recent earnings conference call how 80% of Fortune 500 companies are either piloting or using the iPhone.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs also made note of the fact how Apple beat out Research in Motion in smartphone sales for the quarter, and he doesn’t think RIM will catch up anytime in the interim.

In that same conference call, Apple COO Tim Cook pointed out that while Apple is not yet offering business-specific hardware, they are starting to leap into enterprise sales, with the iPhone’s software continuing to gain even more more features for corporate users.  Apple has also connected with partners like Unisys to support enterprise, and government customers.

via MacRumors

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ITC Staff Sides with Nokia Over Apple as Trial Begins

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No doubt lost amidst the mid-term elections on Tuesday was another battle brewing in Washington between Nokia and Apple as the mobile device makers are about to have their day in court before the International Trade Commission.

Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia is already getting favor over Apple, at least in the eyes of the U.S. International Trade Commission who claim that “the evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple’s patent rights in a pre-hearing memo released on Monday.

As you’ll recall, Apple is making its case before the ITC in an effort to block imports of certain Nokia products into the United States, alleging that they are infringing on four patents held by Cupertino. Among these are patents for the way a device boots up and another related to power management.

The first stage of the trial kicked off in Washington, D.C. on Monday and is only the beginning of a veritable wave of such patent disputes currently before the ITC over smartphones — including Nokia’s own case against Apple, Apple’s case against HTC Corp. and Motorola Inc. and even Microsoft’s pending case against Motorola.

The ITC staff seems to feel that “some aspects of the patents were invalid and others weren’t infringed.” ITC judge Charles Bullock isn’t expected to rule on the claim until February, and it’s important to note that the judge is under no obligation to follow the ITC staff’s position. The judge’s ruling is also subject to review by the six-member commission, who is expected to complete the investigation by June of next year.

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