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Good news for RIM: Judge overturns $147.2 million patent infringement ruling

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Good news for RIM: Judge overturns $147.2 million patent infringement ruling
"We appreciate the Judge’s careful consideration of this case. RIM did not infringe on Mformation’s patent and we are pleased with this victory. The purpose of the patent system is to encourage innovation, but the system is still too often exploited in pursuit of other goals. Many policy makers have already recognized the need to address this problem and we call on others to join them as this case clearly highlights the significant need for continuing policy reform to help reduce the amount of resources wasted on unwarranted patent litigation."-Steve Zipperstein, RIM's Chief Legal Officer
Good news has been hard to come by for RIM these days, but now the Canadian based handset manufacturer might be in for a run of good luck after a California judge saved the company $147.2 million. The judge overturned a previous verdict against RIM for infringing on patents belonging to Mformation which included a penalty of $147.2 million.

The California judge reviewed the evidence and decided to reverse the original verdict which forced RIM to pay $8 in royalty for every BlackBerry device that connects to its Enterprise Server software. The original wireless patent case dates all the way back to 2008. RIM said that it's motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) was granted as the judge felt that the guilty verdict was not supported by the evidence.

After listening to some motions filed by Mformation and RIM, the judge decided that RIM did not infringe on Mformation's patents and vacated the entire $147.2 million judgment. Good news for RIM in a year that has seen nothing but heartache for the beleaguered company. So how will RIM celebrate? Party at Thorsten Heins' house, BYOB (Bring your own BlackBerry). Just kidding.

source: TheNextWeb via IntoMobile

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posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:18 4

1. abraham (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


sounds good

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:20 2

2. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


great new for RIM- they should use this cash as compensation packages for their employees that they are letting go. Both co-ceos got millions for driving the company into the ground and the current CEO will get millions if RIM goes bankrupt or is purchased. So they should give this cash as compensation to their employees who will lose their jobs. Its the morally right thing to do. However knowing how corporate greed operates the little worker will always get shafted!!! really sad.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:29 10

3. ibap (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Can we get the same judge for the Apple-Samsung case?

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:56 3

4. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


But at the end of the day, court orders can't save RIM.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 14:28 2

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5652; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Patent trolls are assholes. Glad the judge gives them a break

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 15:02 1

7. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Good for RIM...but as someone else already mentioned in this very same comment chain, court orders won't save the company. They should look at this as some sort of sign of luck and start running with it. Use that money to start investing in creating a winning brand again.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 19:24 1

8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


great news for RIM... im ready for a BB10 device now!!!! with all the killer specs!!!

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 22:20

9. steelicon (Posts: 308; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Great news for RIM! We are counting on you, in many more ways than one! RIM CEO do your best to make RIM a success NOW!

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 07:34

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 1976; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good news indeed! Really hate patent troll that did not sell any viable product or service. That's 8 dollar they are asking are in fact day light robbery on RIM users.

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