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RIM FOUND GUILTY OF INFRINGING MFORMATION PATENT – Mformation awarded $147m in damages

by david.nunes

RIM Found Guilty of Infringing Mformation Patent

Ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis testifies, jury awards $147M in damages

SAN FRANCISCO, California USA – July 14th, 2012 – The US Federal District Court of Northern California found Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM) guilty on Friday, by unanimous jury verdict, of infringing Mformation Technologies, Inc.’s patent related to wireless mobile device management. The software found to infringe Mformation’s patent is RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), used by corporate enterprise customers to manage and secure their BlackBerry devices. The court awarded Mformation $147.2 million dollars in damages based on past sales of BES-connected BlackBerry smartphones in the US from late 2008, when the lawsuit was filed, through the trial date. This award does not include future royalties, past and future US government sales, or past and future non-US sales.

“Mformation created the mobile device management category in the late 1990s and was innovating in this area well before most of the market understood the fundamental importance of wireless mobility management. Our patents are a core part of our innovative products, and are fundamental to the methods used for device management in the market today,” said patent inventor and Mformation founder/CTO Rakesh Kushwaha. “We ensured that our early innovations in device management were put through rigorous legal assessment by applying for patents on these innovations in the United States and abroad. Now these patented technologies are central to many critical mobile device management tasks being used by operators, service providers and enterprises around the world, including remote device configuration, lock/wipe and application management. With a total of 27 patents granted or pending, our IP portfolio will allow us to continue to shape the future of the Mobile Device Management market.”

Mobile Device Management is a critical enabler in the march toward complete mobilization of services for both consumers and the enterprises using a wide range of wirelessly connected devices, from smartphones to tablets, other computing devices and machines (M2M devices). Mformation’s patent portfolio covers the entire range of over-the-air (OTA) device management functions, touching wireless devices activated and managed in all WiFi and cellular networks around the world. Mformation’s patent portfolio can be found at www.mformation.com/who-we-are/patents/.

Mformation lead attorney Amar Thakur of Foley & Lardner, LLP said, “Our legal system allows small businesses to protect their patented inventions against unauthorized use by large corporations.  Today the legal system worked and inventors everywhere should feel encouraged by the court’s conclusion.”

About Mformation

Mformation Technologies Inc. is the pioneer and leading global provider of mobile device management (MDM) solutions, used by the largest tier-one mobile operators and enterprise managed service providers worldwide.  Mformation offers a complete lifecycle management solution that enables operators to rapidly accelerate their data revenues and reduce support costs, and enterprises to securely manage information on employee phones and tablets.  Mformation’s award-winning Mformation Service Manager™ and Mformation Enterprise Manager™ suites provide solutions for OMA DM-based provisioning and configuration, firmware upgrades, smartphone application management, diagnostics, security management, lock and wipe for both operators and enterprises.


Visit Mformation at www.mformation.com.

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