RIM fined $147.2 million over 2008 patent case

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.

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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22 Comments

1. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

2. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 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.

3. Elvis.

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ouch!

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Well, RIM is canadian, so is Justin Bieber. Maybe it's a payback from god :P

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

hahahahahaha

6. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Nice.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

8. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

12. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....nice way to try to side step what Apple is doing..... Fined, license deals does NOT equal banning.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

21. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I'm not surprise that you commented teddork

9. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

10. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Poor RIM, just taking hit after hit...

14. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Another nail in the coffin.

16. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

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

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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...

18. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

19. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

rim jobs for rim jobs.

22. Djthunderballs

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Can anyone still get a RIM job? :)

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