The company will file an appeal to reverse the verdict favouring Mformation
A California court found Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM) guilty of infringing Mformation Technologies’ patent related to wireless mobile device management and ordered to pay $147.2m in damages.
The software found to have infringed Mformation’s patent is RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), used by corporate enterprise customers to manage and secure their BlackBerry devices.
The US Federal District Court of Northern California awarded 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.
The jury ruled that this penalty does not include future royalties, past and future US government sales, or past and future non-US sales.
In its complaint, Mformation had accused the BlackBerry maker of infringing on two patents and said RIM declined to buy the license and then modified its software to include the patented systems.
Mformation CTO and patent inventor Rakesh Kushwaha said 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.
"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," Rakesh added.
"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."
In a statement, RIM said that it is disappointed by the outcome and is evaluating its options.
"RIM has worked hard for many years to independently develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, and RIM does not believe that the Mformation patent in question is valid", the company said.
The verdict comes after the Blackberry maker’s CEO had to recently face down some angry shareholders at its annual meeting as the company slides from relevance.