Research In Motion : Wins Appeal in Mformation Patent Case
08/09/2012| 05:58am US/Eastern
Research In Motion Limited (RIMM), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, Thursday won a motion seeking the overturning of a jury finding that the company infringed the intellectual property of Mformation Technologies Inc.
The ruling also vacates an award by the jury to Mformation Technologies of $147.2 million in damages, RIM said in a statement.
Mformation Technologies makes mobile-device-management software. A jury in San Francisco July 15 found in favor of Mformation Technologies' claim that RIM infringed patents Mformation Technologies took out in 1999, according to Mformation Technologies website.
RIM appealed and a California District Court Thursday ruled RIM hadn't infringed Mformation Technologies' patents.
Mformation Technologies may appeal. If it is successful, a new trial will be required.
"RIM did not infringe on Mformation's patent and we are pleased with this victory," said Steve Zipperstein, RIM's chief lawyer in the statement Thursday.
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