BlackBerry wins Mformation Technologies patent infringement case

By Bla1ze on 23 Aug 2014 01:08 pm EDT
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BlackBerry has now laid to rest what is possibly one of their longest legal battles. Back in 2008, Mformation sued at the time RIM, for violation of remote device management patents held by Mformation Technologies on BlackBerry smartphones asking for $8 for each of the accounted 18.4M BlackBerry smartphones sold for a grand total of $147.2M.

Initially, Mformation won. That was overturned and BlackBerry appealed and then they won and as we noted back in August of 2012, Mformation decided once again to appeal the verdict holding it over for many years. That all came to a close on Friday though as Judge Edward M. Chen's ruling found that "substantial evidence" did not support a judgment of infringement. Speaking on the matter in an email to the Financial Post, A spokeswoman for BlackBerry noted.

[Friday's] verdict follows a series of successful litigation victories, underscoring BlackBerry's continued effort to fight against meritless claims. We look forward to a time when technology companies will no longer be forced to spend huge amounts of time and money defending frivolous patent cases such as these, and instead invest their resources to drive innovation.

That's a lot of years to be arguing in court so it's nice to see it finally laid to rest and with BlackBerry coming out on top. That's $147.2M saved that can be better spent elsewhere.

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BlackBerry wins Mformation Technologies patent infringement case

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Yes, great news but sadly most of the time it's old news by the time it reaches this cb site

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This was what the whole newsroom was supposed to be about. Apparently nobody in the newsroom is picking up BlackBerry stories so Bla1ze has to report them himself.

I was thinking the same thing whole reading the article! Chen's the man!

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The past ceo's oversaw this case as well. So why is Chen the man in regards to this case? This case was on due course regardless of who the ceo is and was.

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Link? Appreciated...

Couldn't find anything doing a quick search...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

It's not a saving if it's a fine. It's money you do not need to spend. Litigation is part of the business expenses unfortunately. Companies get sue all the time. By not defending it's like admitting guilt and may cost more than just money for a company like BlackBerry. Losing might hinder the development and sales of company's products and services.

Well... with a flag like that on you avatar you could've posted a blank comment and we would still have figured you out.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

All the fringe benefits that seem to come with the new CEO...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Took a short CB break.

Indeed, this is prime Prem WatsApp fodder...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Please wats the spelling, sir. ;-)

I've got nothing to do with this bunch of Facebooksters...

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

......i wanna know more about the $99 an hour in the earlier post, that reminds me I have this Nigerian guy I met online that I need to send $5000 to get my share of $1000,000,000 that is unclaimed.......

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Did ya get it? I assume that if you are interested in this other scheme you didn't, sooo give it a shot perhaps you will win the jack pot :-))

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How come BlackBerry never put a claim bak 2 pay 4 dere brand damages it's a good thing BlackBerry saved on cash it would be even greater if BlackBerry got some cash as well :D

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Ironic that the judges last name was Chen. All in all good news.

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Did Blackberry hold any reserve to accommodate for the outcome of this lawsuit? If it did, then it should probably show up on the financial statement of next call (or the one after that).

A provision was mandatory after the first loss but most likely got reversed right after they won appeal.

In any case, 147m is not really a material amount that would show on the p&l. The value of it is more the new "don't fuck with me" attitude that they (finally!!!!!) seem to have found.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

I was wondering the same thing. But if this patent troll is a small time operation, they may declare bankruptcy and BB might see just cents on the dollar. Maybe a legal expert could shed some light.

Other than in 'small claims' cases, the losing party in court proceedings will normally be ordered to pay costs.
Except in limited circumstances where only fixed costs are awarded, the court or an arbitrator has full discretion to decide which party should pay costs to an opponent and as to the amount of costs payable. There are various factors that will lead to the recovery of costs,including the complexity of the case, conduct of the parties during the matter ,whether the nature of the case tantamount to frivolity etc ,etc. I'm sure BlackBerry will seek the costs recovery.

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I don't think it's irony, just coincidence. I think it would be irony if the judge's name was Steve Jobs and he used an Android cell phone and ruled in flavor of BlackBerry. LOL

Well no wonder they won! The presiding judge's last name is Chen! Edward Chen....mmmmmhhhhh notice anything strange...John Chen....

Just kidding.

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Best comment here :) 147 million could give them 147 seconds during the super bowl. I have this crazy idea, they can showcase everything BB10 can't do.

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What's good is, depending on their accounting practices this frees up a good chunk of change of cash.

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"Judge Edward M. Chen's ruling found that 'substantial evidence' did not support a judgment of infringement. "

Hmm, is judge somehow related to JC?

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How much did BlackBerry spend on lawyers and court fees?
Even if that figure is more or less than, it's still worth the fight.

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