Beleaguered RIM hit with $147.2 million verdict in California patent lawsuit

“A northern California jury directed Research in Motion Ltd to pay $147.2 million in patent litigation over a remote management system for wireless devices, according to an attorney for the plaintiff, Mformation Technologies Inc.,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

“The verdict on Friday in a San Francisco federal court comes at a bad time for RIM, whose stock has fallen more than 70 percent in the past year as customers abandon the BlackBerry in favor of Apple’s iPhone,” Levine reports. “Amar Thakur, an attorney for Mformation, said the jury directed RIM to pay an $8 royalty for every BlackBerry device connected to RIM’s enterprise server software, which brings the total award to $147.2 million. The verdict only covers U.S. sales through trial, Thakur said, and not future or foreign damages.”

Levine reports, “Based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM last month posted its first operating loss in eight years, and it was much deeper than expected. The company also said it was cutting 5,000 jobs, almost a third of its workforce…”

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MacDailyNews Take: Merciful acceleration of the RIM zombie’s trip to the dustbin of history.

12 Comments

      1. Hardly material. Any serious buyers have already made up their mind. Anyone interested in the company before it goes into liquidation is already facing much larger costs than this as far as what to do with RIMs employees and pentions.

    1. YaGottaBeKiddingMe. A victim of a broken patent system? ROFL, Not even close. A victim of feckless management, zero ideas, and absolutely no innovation. This is the result of lack of vision at the top.

      1. No they are victims. The patent was filed and granted long after they created their enterprise management system.

        Its another case of someone getting a patent for something already “invented”

        I will agree the management should have patented it for RIM so I’m in partial agreement with you 🙂

        1. Did RIM do anything after this patent was filed/ granted differently than before which would expose them or did they literally get hit with a judgment because this patented what RIM was already doing after the fact?

        2. Did RIM do anything after this patent was filed/ granted differently than before which would expose them or did they literaflly get hit with a judgment because this patented what RIM was already doing after the fact?

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