In a case that could pose significant complications for school leaders and other users of the popular BlackBerry wireless eMail device, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear an appeal from the device's maker in a long-running patent dispute.

The high court's refusal to hear Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIM's) appeal means that a trial judge in Richmond, Va., could impose an injunction against the company and block BlackBerry use among owners of the device the United States, including administrators, teachers, and students in many schools and districts.

The justices had


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