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RIM fined $147.2 million over 2008 patent case

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RIM fined $147.2 million over 2008 patent case
An attorney for Mformation Technology said on Friday that RIM has to pay the company $147.2 million after a Jury ruled that the Canadian based manufacturer had to pay $8 for each device connected to BlackBerry enterprise server software. The original court case dates back to 2008 when Mformation sued RIM for infringing on a patent relating to a process that remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network. Mformation's web site says the company helps others manage smartphone inventory and also helps mobile operators like Sprint and AT&T by doing remote fixes and upgrades on devices.

"Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology."-Crystal Roberts, RIM spokesperson
RIM argued unsuccessfully that Mformation's patent was invalid because the processes it covers were in effect at the time of its application. The Jury took four days to deliberate. Amar Thakur, an attorney for Mformation, said that the verdict covers only U.S. sales of BlackBerry devices sold at the time of the trial and does not include future or foreign sales. Crystal Roberts, A RIM spokesperson, said that the company has some legal motions pending that could overturn the verdict.

The verdict comes at a bad time for RIM, which recently reported its first operating loss in eight years. With a stock price that has been sliced by 70% in the last year, the company is counting on the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 OS powered handsets to turn the company around.

source: Reuters

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posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:29 15

1. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Shame! Can't they just let BB take a breath! I feel sort for them.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:32 11

2. sid07desai (Posts: 245; Member since: 03 May 2012)


*sorry. But you're right. They're barely managing finances by selling 6 million jets and now 147 million slap. Maybe it is all over for them.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:44 6

3. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Ouch!

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:44 10

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well, RIM is canadian, so is Justin Bieber.

Maybe it's a payback from god :P

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:47 3

5. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


hahahahahaha

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:50 3

6. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


Nice.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:07 5

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well God should have went after Bieber first. He's more annoying.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:25 1

8. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I guess it's ok for RIM to get fined for patents. But it's not ok if Samsung get punished.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 13:15 4

12. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


is RIM getting banned?
apple is trying to stifle innovation.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:17 3

15. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....nice way to try to side step what Apple is doing.....

Fined, license deals does NOT equal banning.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 16:21 5

20. tedkord (Posts: 4281; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Don't bother with logic - iFans are immune. It would also be a waste if time to point out that RIM are being sued for an actual innovation from a company that actually developed it, not for a slide to unlock idea that was stolen to begin with, or for a basic geometric shape or color.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 17:53 1

21. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I'm not surprise that you commented teddork

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:32 2

9. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


There's no way they will last another 5 months with that much fined. They are already a dead company.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:45

10. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


WTF? Has RIM ever earned that much? Just kidding. ;)

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 13:10 3

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Stop wiggling it around and just put that final nail in the damn coffin already. Sorry RIM, BB built you an empire but you let it fall into disrepair. Just a reminder that no matter how great the empire, shortsightedness and inflexibility lead to collapse. Have to keep pushing forward, not just sit tight and defend what you've got.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 14:51

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Poor RIM, just taking hit after hit...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:12

14. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Another nail in the coffin.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:18 3

16. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


it's about time that they changed the name to RIP

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:22

17. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wow RIM...

Didnt know this was even going on. Makes you wonder what other old lawsuits will come out for other companies...

And I wonder who else they sued. Google is getting sued for Chrome by some company that I think successfully sued Apple for Safari...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:46

18. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Oh, they're dead...sorry nothing they can do....I had faith but not anymore....I'll go to their funeral...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 16:02 2

19. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


rim jobs for rim jobs.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 20:37 2

22. Djthunderballs (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Can anyone still get a RIM job?

:)

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