Remember when we let you all know RIM had to pay out $147.2M to Mformation for what they described as violation of remote device management patents held by Mformation Technologies on BlackBerry smartphones? Well, RIM had a chance to appeal and this time around, the odds were with them.
The original judgement had RIM responsible for a $147.2M payout to Mformation Technologies based on a per unit amount of $8 for 18.4M BlackBerry smartphones but that is no more as the ruling has been overturned and RIM is not held to the verdict.
Mformation Technologies can appeal but considering the original filing was in 2008 and a new filing can't recount the previous judgement, we're guessing they won't even bother or if they do, it'll be a few years before we hear about it again. Press release is below, should you want to look through it all.
Verdict Overturned in Favor of Research In Motion in Mformation Patent Case
WATERLOO, ONTARIO-- Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today learned that the Judge in a patent action brought by Mformation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted RIM's motion for judgment as a matter of law, concluding that the evidence did not support the Jury's finding of patent infringement.
After considering motions presented by both parties, as well as the jury verdict (which was announced by RIM on July 14, 2012), the Judge determined that RIM had not infringed on Mformation's patent. In granting RIM's motion, the Judge also vacated the $147.2 million jury award, which means that RIM is not required to make any payment to Mformation. Mformation has the right to appeal the Judge's ruling; however if Mformation successfully appeals the ruling, the jury verdict would not be reinstated and instead a new trial would occur.
"We appreciate the Judge's careful consideration of this case. RIM did not infringe on Mformation's patent and we are pleased with this victory," said Steve Zipperstein, RIM's Chief Legal Officer. "The purpose of the patent system is to encourage innovation, but the system is still too often exploited in pursuit of other goals. Many policy makers have already recognized the need to address this problem and we call on others to join them as this case clearly highlights the significant need for continuing policy reform to help reduce the amount of resources wasted on unwarranted patent litigation."
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