RIM Socked with $147M Patent Judgment
A California court found Research In Motion guilty of infringing on a mobile device management patent held by a company called Mformation. Mformation sued RIM in 2008 over a patent that "remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network." RIM argued the claim was invalid because RIM was already using the technology when Mformation filed for the patent. A jury didn't see it that way. RIM was directed to pay Mformation $8 for each BlackBerry smartphone connected to the company's BlackBerry Enterprise Server in the U.S. through the beginning of the trial. The total damages amounts to $147 million. RIM says it has "pending legal motions" that coud reverse the verdict.
Apple Found Guilty of Infringing U. of Wisconsin Patent
Apple is facing a massive judgment in a patent complaint concerning processors found in the iPhone and iPad. A jury in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of using a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) without permission.
Motorola Found to Infringe on MMS Patent
A Delaware jury today said Motorola violated a patent held by Intellectual Ventures. The patent pertains to how multimedia messages function on mobile devices.
Samsung Wants Supreme Court to Decide Patent Case
Samsung hopes the Supreme Court will weigh in on its patent fight with Apple. The company has filed an appeal, asking the high court to review the verdicts reached in Apple's patent-related lawsuit.
Apple Faces New Trial in iTunes Patent Squabble
A judge tossed $532.9 million in damages levied against Apple earlier this year after reevaluating the results of the trial. In February, a jury found Apple guilty of infringing on three patents owned by Texas-based SmartFlash, a patent-holding company.