Pardon our unrestrained admiration of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, cofounders of Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion Ltd., whose BlackBerry product line is Canada's best-known global brand. These guys lack the complacency of, say, Motorola Inc., which failed to follow up with a hit to replace its faddish Razr cellphone, and instead has been turning out so many new products that even its relatively recent Pearl, a big hit, seems old news. And this while fighting frivolous, yet costly, battles waged by so-called "patent trolls" in the United States and, in Balsillie's case, trying to buy an NHL club and...

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