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BlackBerry wins patent infringement case brought by NXP

By Bla1ze on 7 Apr 2014 07:36 pm EDT
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Back in April 2012, NXP hit BlackBerry with a lawsuit claiming the company had infringed upon six NXP patents in their BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet surrounding design, data transmission and other features of those devices. Today, BlackBerry has announced the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division has found both that BlackBerry did not infringe NXP's patents, and that the patents NXP asserted against BlackBerry are invalid.

"We are pleased with the jury's verdict," said Steve Zipperstein, Chief Legal Officer at BlackBerry. "While this is a victory for BlackBerry, 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. Until then, we will vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and contest all meritless claims."

That's a solid win for BlackBerry in the courts where they've been actively defending themselves against the likes of NXP and Typo Products rather successfully. You can jump below for the full press release.

Press Release

BlackBerry Wins Patent Infringement Case

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 7, 2014) - BlackBerry(R) Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that a federal jury ruled in favor of BlackBerry in a patent infringement case brought by NXP BV in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. The verdict was a sweeping victory for BlackBerry, as the jury found both that BlackBerry did not infringe NXP's patents, and that the patents NXP asserted against BlackBerry are invalid.

"We are pleased with the jury's verdict," said Steve Zipperstein, Chief Legal Officer at BlackBerry. "While this is a victory for BlackBerry, 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. Until then, we will vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and contest all meritless claims."

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

Reader comments

BlackBerry wins patent infringement case brought by NXP

118 Comments

Stackberry just likes to STACK the odds against BBRY. See what I did there?

He never has a genuine or helpful comment

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

I call my Q10 "SmackBerry", no kidding...

Smacks of Berry and hands out such to any iPhone user that thinks they have the best productivity phone out there....

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Yep, I wonder how much money they were wasting on this lawsuit. Maybe now this is over they might do better next quarter.

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Duh...corporate lawyers get paid whether they sit in the office and do nothing or stand in court defending the company. As Zipperstien said, this tells others to back off and let BlackBerry work on important stuff.

Posted via CB10

All legal actions have expenses. Unless you're trying to suggest that the corporate lawyers are fronting the costs...

Um, actually, you're thinking about court fees. Legal fees and expenses their own legal team needed to defend their case is still fronted by BB. And besides, if what you're saying is true, you actually just proven my point, since I'm saying expenses in these litigations probably added to their losses in the previous quarters. If they would win a counter-suit against this company to cover their expenses, then that should be a nice chunk of change back into their bank...

"Club Z30" is "Under Construction"....will be having open enrollment for people who own a Z30 and understand that it is the finest piece of equipment in mobile.

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

Especially "O Town"....memories....dancing girls at the Golden Horseshoe....the Giraffe Club....oops, this is a family show...

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

I wonder how much this "hugh amount of money" actually is? I read that it cost upwards of ~3 million for a claim that is worth between 1-25 million.

Zed30

I like Steve Zipperstein - he seems to not want to put up with crap and doesn't seem to get in the way of BlackBerry doing business like his predecessor did.

BlackBerry should go after them for wasting there time and money all these years. I hate frivolous patent cases.
And finally BlackBerry is taking action against any other company that tries to wrong them and/or steel its patents, such as the nonsense TYPO.

Too bad the US doesn't have any costs rule, it might dissuade dumb lawsuits. Then again, I can't say I'm against litigation...

Posted via CB10 on Z10

Many contracts in the US call for the prevailing party to have their court costs paid by the loser. No contract in this case, but BlackBerry could have asked the judge to make the company pay their court costs. My guess is that they were pleased just to put this behind them.

These patent chasers don't actually have money to pay anyway, so BlackBerry would have been wasting their time.

Posted via CB10 from my Z30.

If their patents were deemed invalid the Judge could award damages to BlackBerry as well fine the company for the frivolous lawsuit.

Z30 and loving it!

You again. What exactly are you doing in this forum that have nothing to do with ios? Go back to imore and troll over there.

Posted by my awesome Z10

He's right, kinda. ;-)

If they use Q10s, they'll have a smooth ride until the keyboard hits...

Those steel frets and the ribbed keyboard is gonna hurt much more that the silly "go home!" button. And it's wider...

Apart from that, I am all for non-violence....

"If someone sue the for your cloak at the court of law, give him your coat also... "

(apparently not applicable between tech companies, Zipperstein is right, innovate NOT litigate)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I didn't want to waste a good BlackBerry, that's why I said iPhone, what better place for an iPhone?? I have a Z30 and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Posted via CB10

I don't think they're an actual Patent troll as they are a chip maker company (NXP Semiconductors). But I guess this can prove damaging on their reputation due to this action.

Z30 | Z30STA100-2/10.2.1.2947 | Globe PH

Is this the same NXP? Obviously I'm not privy to the details, but why would a semiconductor manufacturer be suing over design?

Yo! Companies if you want take on BlackBerry.

Beware this Zip has teeth!!!!

Time to unleash Hell.

A battle is won but the War continues...

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!

Posted via CB10

Well done. Trolls are the bane of innovative business. I'm very happy that the legal system was able to make their way through this andd it came out in BlackBerry's favour.

Posted via CB10

Except Samsung and Apple. I enjoy the drama and seeing them weaken each other over ridiculous patents ("rectangle with round corner shape" anyone?)

RDG Z30

Excellent. No more bending over with jeans half way down yer legs...way to go Blackberry.!!

Via what's really, a BOLD X....on X.II.I

Good. Now if they can nail Typo to the wall, the would be even better. BlackBerry, stay unique and develop your own ecosystem further. Stay the heck away and out of Android. Please. BlackBerry security depends on this.

Posted via CB10

Congratulations BlackBerry! Defend what is yours and create a new! Don't sit back and wait for technology to change...

From the mind of a mAnIaC

No mention of this in news headlines. If the decision was a loss, the media would have been all over it.

Now get Seacrest and Typo for blatantly copying BlackBerry!!!

Z10

All these patent laws are getting ridiculous. It's keeping entrepenuers from creating new things. Basically if someone tried to make a new facebook, he wouldn't be able to without all the patents in place. How about we also make rules on suing other people or companies?

Posted via CB10

I do believe everyone has the right to have their grievances heard in court. I don't know that this is a right the we can or should restrict, as frustrating as it is at times.

Posted via CB10 from my Z30.

I hate to go against the crowd, at least in part. This claim made it to the jury. That means it was something of a close call. If it was a slam dunk for Blackberry, Blackberry would have won on a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment. But, for one reason or another, there were enough material facts in dispute to send this to the jury. I'm glad Blackberry won, but calling the case frivolous is not accurate.

Posted via a physical keyboard on a Q10.

Frivolous cases can also make it to trial. It may have appeared to have merit, but under scrutiny, it didn't.

The fact that it made it to trial doesn't immediately rule out frivolous. And a legit case could get dismissed.

Posted via CB10 from my Z30.

"will no longer be forced to spend huge amounts of time and money defending frivolous patent cases such as these" That's a nice theory but the reality is that BB themselves have been the source of many lawsuits of a questionable nature ie. KIK. On the other hand, hopefully they were reimbursed for costs, that would certainly make someone think before launching suit.

Now, if the patent trolls would be punished by monetary penalties and made to cover court and legal defense costs, perhaps it would make them think twice about what they are doing.

Posted via CB10

we goin again in the morning...ur breast-asist are my breakfastest, we going again in da morning,

we be all NIGHT!

WAAAAHHHH WAAAHHHHH

It's a pity BlackBerry spent so much time and money on this.

My fantasy scenario is that NXP will be sanctioned for a frivolous lawsuit and RIM/BlackBerry will get costs and punitive penalties.

My reality scenario is they will get nothing, and their stock will decline something 2% the day this is announced.

Which it did.

Sigh.

The amazing thing is apparently when the case finally went to trial after 3 years, the jury threw it out in less than a day.

What a ridiculous waste of time and money.

Congrats Blackberry! I'm glad things are doing better for Blackberry, such a great company with great products. I really hope they pull through! Long Live Blackberry! Love my Q10!

Posted via CB10

There's only two things I hate in this world.
People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.

Posted via CB10

"While this is a victory for BlackBerry, 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..."

well said Steve... this needs to happen so that we as customers can benefit!