This was reported by Reuters and according to them 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 and a slew of devices using Google Inc’s Android software.
I think these days are not so good for RIM, this is not the first when RIM stand on a mud before that, they struggled with legal challenge on BBM Trademark in 2011.
A Spokesperson (Amar Thakur) from 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.
While Spokesperson Crystal Roberts from RIM said the company has pending legal motions that could overturn the verdict. ”Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology,” Roberts mentioned in his statement.
Reuters reported that RIM argued that Mformation’s patent claims are invalid because the processes were already being used when Mformation filed its patent application. The jury deliberated for four days this week before handing down its verdict, Thakur said.