The Associated Press June 4, 2010, 12:31PM ET

RIM spent $650,000 lobbying in first quarter

Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry, spent $675,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on patent reform and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That's up from the $415,000 that the Waterloo, Ontario, company spent in the same period a year ago, and more than the $545,000 it spent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Like other high-tech companies, RIM is often involved in expensive patent disputes.

RIM also lobbied the federal government on legislation on an inventory of U.S. radio spectrum and on the trade of minerals from conflict-riven countries like the Congo, according to the report filed on April 27. Such minerals are used in electronic components.

In the January to March period, RIM lobbied Congress, and the Federal Communications Commission, according to the report filed with the House clerk's office.

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