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

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

1. abraham

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

sounds good

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

3. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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

4. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

7. kingstandup

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

9. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 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!

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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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