Research in Motion Ltd. had a change of heart in the past two months and has opted to settle a three-year-old patent infringement suit rather than fight the claim all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as the company had vowed earlier this year. Last week, the Waterloo ON-based company agreed to pay NTP Inc. a one-time fee of US$450 million to settle all claims related to the patent infringement suit. The settlement covers all past and future products, services and technologies. It also protects all customers and providers of RIM products and services, including wireless carriers, distributors, suppliers and other partners.  Under terms of the resolution, RIM will pay NTP US$137 million already held in escrow in addition to US$313 million. RIM had been setting aside 8% of revenue just in case the company lost the infringement suit. There was an overwhelming sigh of relief from the analyst community, which almost unanimously upped the company’s stock rating. Some suggest this was a very good outcome for RIM as it could have found itself paying US$1 billion.  The agreement allows both companies to move forward more aggressively with their respective technology licensing programs. RIM has been active of late in this area, trying to convince other handset makers to develop versions compatible with its mobile email solution.  NTP has also begun to ink technology licensing agreements, with its most recent partners being Good Technology and Nokia. Word of a potential agreement came to light on March 14 when a U.S. web site revealed that RIM and NTP held a settlement conference before a Virginia court judge.