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The maker of the BlackBerry today set forth details on its method for keeping the mobile device running if a court should rule against the company in an ongoing patent case. Research in Motion, the company behind the wireless device, said it has developed special software that will enable the service to keep working even if RIM loses in a hearing that will take place in just two weeks. Individual users will be able to download the software to their BlackBerries from a designated Web site if need be, according to RIM. On Feb. 24, U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer in Richmond, Va., will hear patent-holding company NTP's request for an injunction to halt U.S. BlackBerry service. RIM said that though it doesn't expect the injunction to be issued, it has developed the software in order to cover its bases. Real estate agents are among the most dedicated users of BlackBerries, and have been concerned because the legal actions could shut down the approximately 4 million Blackberries us...