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RIM Loses $147M Suit Over Patent for Remote Management Software

 

A federal jury in San Francisco has found beleaguered BlackBerry maker Research In Motion liable for $147.2 million in damages for infringing on patents held by Mformation Technologies Inc.

Amar Thakur, a lawyer for Mformation, said Saturday that the verdict late Friday followed a three-week trial and a week of deliberations by an eight-person jury. Thakur is a Foley & Lardner partner based out of the firm's San Diego - Del Mar office.

Mformation, of Edison, N.J., sued RIM in October 2008, alleging that the Canada-based company infringed on its 1999 invention for remotely managing wireless devices. Mformation's software allows companies to remotely access employee cell phones to do software upgrades, change passwords, or to wipe data from phones that have been stolen.

Officials at RIM, which has been struggling with plummeting sales, a declining stock and other problems, did not provide a comment Saturday.

Thakur said the jury ruled that RIM should pay his client $8 for each of the 18.4 million BlackBerrys that were connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, from the day the lawsuit was filed until the time of the trial. That's a total of $147.2 million.

He said the software at issue is the heart of the business of Mformation, a privately held company with several hundred employees.

"We believe it's been fundamental to the success of Research in Motion," Thakur told The Associated Press. The patent at issue was filed in 2001 and issued in 2005, he said. RIM, of Waterloo, Ontario, has previously denied it did anything wrong. RIM has seen its business crumble as it increasingly loses market share.

Continue on Law.Com

 

RIM introduces PlayBook -- The BlackBerry Professional tablet

September 28, 2010 4 Comments Mobile Integration

With the emergence of EHR/EMR this new device may be a very useful tool in a doctor's office.

Yesterday at Research In Motion's annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the company's new tablet -- the PlayBook. The tablet will utilize an OS created by the recently acquired QNX (just as we'd heard previous to the announcement) called the BlackBerry Tablet OS which will offer full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5 (which is all tied into RIM's new WebWorks SDK). Lazaridis was joined on stage by the company's founder, Dan Dodge, who said that "QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before," and added that the PlayBook would be "an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players." RIM also touted the PlayBook's ability to handle Flash content via Flash 10.1, as well as Adobe AIR apps. The new slate -- which Lazaridis described as "the first professional tablet" -- will sport a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display, a Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU (the company calls it the "fastest tablet ever"), 1GB of RAM, and a 3 megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear lens (and yes, there will be video conferencing). There was no mention of onboard storage capacity during the keynote, though the devices we just spied in our eyes-on post are labeled 16GB and 32GB on their back panels. The PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video, and comes equipped with an HDMI port as well as a microUSB jack, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. The device clocks in at a svelte 5.1- by 7.6-inches, is only 0.4-inches thick, and weighs just 400g (or about 0.9 pounds).  Read more about this from Engadget


The New BlackBerry Torch is Out Today!!

August 12, 2010 2 Comments Mobile Integration

BlackBerry Torch 9800 will it catch Fire?

Pros

Looks and feels good. Lots of new features. Integrates social-networking well.

Cons

Browser still slower than iPhone 4. Fewer games and apps than iOS or Android. Poor Microsoft Exchange integration for consumers.

Bottom Line

The BlackBerry Torch is the very model of a modern messaging smartphone, although it doesn't beat the iPhone or Android on media and games.

View for yourself Visit Blackberry.com

Those who already have the Torch what do you think of the device? leave comments

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