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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.

118 comments

crackedup77

What exactly was NXP hitting them for?

I don't remember this in the news at all.

Oh, and first.

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stackberry369

Thor would have settled.

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peter0328

Thorsten was CEO during this. He obviously didn't settle.

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RubberChicken76

Didn't Thor also fire Karima Bawa and hire Steve?

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freddysrevng3

Zipperstein for US Attorney General....

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

crazycanuck329

Does it not date back to April 2012?

...we are all connected...

crazycanuck329

Exactly my point Peter

...we are all connected...

bfunkera

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!

Emirati

It's time to kick some A double S

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Prem WatsApp

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... "

Nate650

Lol on the signature.

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slagman5

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

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gordo51

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.

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slagman5

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

shiftymagoo

Um if they won the case they don't pay the legal fees. This isn't people's court!

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slagman5

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...

Step_6

Speaking of kicking ass, in the phone of the year vote at laptop magazine, the z30 is suddenly 200 hundred votes short of winning... let's show em what Blackberry's made of and vote the androids out! voting ends at 9:00am tomorrow!

http://blog.laptopmag.com/smartphone-madness-2014-blackberry-z30-vs-yota...

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ptlang

It's not working either. Just go to http://www.laptopmag.com/ It's easy to find the contest. ;)

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vagos2006

That link doesn't work either.

Posted by my awesome Z10

IJKBB10

All three links don't work lol

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Sibir_Lupus

Woohoo!!! :D It seems things for BlackBerry are really starting to turn around :).

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mauro316

That's a very positive way of looking at it...

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LostOnThePianoRoll

Yeah, finally a department in BlackBerry that does its job..

Posted via CB10 on my Z10STL100-10.2.1.2102

peter0328

AWESOME!

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HenryZ10

Hi Peter

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peter0328

Hello Henry

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freddysrevng3

Peter.....Henry.....

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

pick1eberry

Hello Peter and Henry.

Yes I've been SQUIRCLFIED!

mrfreeze574

Hello Peter, Henry and Pickle.

550WHAT

MrFreeze, Pick1e, Henry, Peter...hello all.

freddysrevng3

Mr. Freeze....550what....

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

550WHAT

"Z30 Club" a thing, or you just sayin?

Observation Junkie

Is that the same club 18 - Z30?

 Posted by the Crackberry Pirate 

freddysrevng3

"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

freddysrevng3

Oh and "Bon Giorno", 550

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

550WHAT

Besides owning a Z30, which I already do, how/when/where do I sign up...

jabranshakil@live.com

Was about to say the same thing. Things are looking good for BlackBerry.

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all3n7

Yey!

" Initiated from my QNX10 "

AnotherBillJ

Ya don't mess with BlackBerry!

Cheers. :)

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Tater Tots

Gotta love Florida.

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freddysrevng3

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

TheStoryUp

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

tjross

Kickin A**

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RubberChicken76

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.

AtInsider

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.

deltact

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...

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Killjoyhere

There is no cost rule in the USA? Wow why not litigate

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kthhrrsn

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.

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WiseCracker

Hopefully the judgment includes an award of attorney fees and costs.

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skibnik

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!

eldricho

Go BlackBerry!

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graham bowers

They should stick a dozen Iphones up their a$$es

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iOS Gravity

More like a dozen BlackBerries. :)

vagos2006

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.

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Prem WatsApp

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... "

Prem WatsApp

*than

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

graham bowers

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.

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raino

What's NXP, again? An actual tech company or a patent troll? Legit question.

f0xG3

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

raino

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

jimlockhead

Do they have reputation?

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graham bowers

Way to go BlackBerry

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Candelo114

Go BlackBerry, Go!!

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BerryRipe

That's what I'm talkin' about!

Go BlackBerry!

 BlackBerry Q10 

rickster2611

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!!!

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Papadesaoud

Fuck yeah its time for a celebration !

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StoicEngineer

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.

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RubberChicken76

Not only that, but BlackBerry was the friggen poster child for being a victim of patent trolling in the past ...

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rdgroulx

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

kirshan

Whoo Hoo!

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Mr.KLScott

Yea!!!! NOT GUILTY BI#@*EEEEEEEES!!!

CrackBerrians: We stay on our Z's & Q's

steakman911

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

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TightDebbie

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.

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ndogg1

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

koves

Great news!

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pick1eberry

BlackBerry(R), a world leader in mobile communications!

Yes I've been SQUIRCLFIED!

John Kastanes

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

ALToronto

Now if BlackBerry could nail Wi-Lan's ass to the wall...

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buckwylder

Zippersteinin' em'!!!! Nice!!!!

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bongbong11

Way to go BlackBerry!

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Orlandus James

Way to go blackberry!

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bap3221

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?

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kthhrrsn

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.

TechieAttorney

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.

kthhrrsn

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.

maam

Damn BlackBerry is on a roll!

Beproud - BlackBerry 10

SmellWhole

Good. Stupid patent troll lost the case.

Drmoe

Another small victory for BlackBerry! Keep moving!

Posted using the best phone ever, the Z30!

darkwater79

Aside from the win itself, I wonder what BB is going to get from NXP on this. Moneys for their troubles one hopes.

Buzz88

"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.

djdoubleD

Insignificant outcome in grand scheme of things

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Dan Felice

Just one more step in the Chen Turn Around Program!

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musclevnl780

Now that's settled, bring on some qwerty devices out.

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canuck_67

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.

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freedomx20a

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

we be all NIGHT!

WAAAAHHHH WAAAHHHHH

Omnitech

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.

Omnitech

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.

dildothegreat

stocks down to 7.50! what exactly is happening here?

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Sorg644

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!

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christoph77

Great legal work ;)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

Phistoph

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

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knowledge_6

"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!

Phistoph

Now if we could just do something about those lawyers...

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Herbie52

That should boost their stock a bit!

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Thirdie Palma

BlackBerry is the one being copied and not the other way around.

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Rootbrian

Blackberry kicks ass once again. :) SUCK ON THAT PATENT TROLLS! :D

kutulu1

great news

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