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Real estate agents may lose BlackBerries

Lawsuit could shut down popular mobile devices

Las Vegas Realtor Gayle Brandt spent all day Wednesday laboriously copying voluminous files from her BlackBerry to her personal computer thanks to a lawsuit. And she isn't happy about it. Brandt and other BlackBerry-addicted agents are caught in the crossfire of a legal action against Research in Motion, the company that created the popular mobile device. Virginia-based NTP is suing RIM for allegedly using some of its patented technology, and could shut down the approximately 4 million Blackberries used nationally if granted an injunction by the court. "I would be up a creek if my BlackBerry shuts down," said Brandt. Like many agents, Brandt uses the device, which has a small keyboard that replicates that of a PC, for getting leads in the field, as well as communicating with clients and prospects via e-mail. But Brandt also stores escrow numbers, names of escrow officers and closing dates for all her properties on her Blackberry. "I'm really hoping and praying they resolve this. I ca...