Research In Motion, makers of Blackberry loses patent suit
Blackberry makers Research In Motion that is already struggling with the decline in the sales of the Blackberry Smartphones has now another problem to deal with. RIM Ltd has lost a patent suit filed by Mformation Technologies Inc that worth $147.2 million. The hearing was held in San Francisco and Federal jury declared that RIM has infringed patents by Mformation technologies.
The lawsuit was filed by the Mformation technologies back in October 2008 claiming that RIM have infringed on their 1999 invention that allows users to remotely control their wireless devices. In depth, Mformation’s software allows the manufacturers of the wireless devices to remotely control their employee wireless devices like software upgrades, wipe off the data that are stolen or change passwords. Mformation is a privately held company with several hundred employees and this software seems to be the heart of business for them. Mformation thinks that this software was one of the basic reasons of RIM’s success. Amar Thakur, a lawyer for Mformation, said Saturday “We believe it’s been fundamental to the success of Research in Motion,” Amar Thakur told the jury that RIM should pay $8 for each of the 18.4 million Blackberrys to their client that are connected to the server from the day the suit filed till the final date of trial that makes it a huge figure of $147.2 million.
RIM is already not in good financial shape as its still keep losing its market share that has been dropped from 41 percent in 2007, according to IDC statistics. And delaying their new Blackberry10 software hurt them big time as it could help Blackberry to climb up a little closer to their rivals like Apple and Android. And don’t ask about the losses that RIM is facing, it was reported that the company lost $518 million in just a quarter that ended on June 2. Revenue has fallen down to just 43% to 2.8 billion with RIM is planning to cut off 30 percent of its workers or 5,000 jobs to be precise. So with all that already giving them a hard time, this lawsuit of worth $147.2 million could be a knockout blow. Amar Thakur, a lawyer for Mformation, said Saturday
Source: ABC News