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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 tablet Blackberry PlayBook can be used in healthcare industry

Blackberry PlayBook tablet has the potential to be used in healthcare industry. Research In Motion launched Blackberry Enterprise Application Development Middleware at Developer Conference in San Francisco. The File Transfer Library application allows doctors to attach image files to patients EMRs (electronic medical records).

The new application enables you to preview a record or see a picture before sending it to RIM smartphone or a tablet user.

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM call it “first professional tablet” which will be launched in US in early 2011. The company plans to launch 3G-enabled and 4G-enabled versions in the future. It is expected that PlayBook will cost between $300- $500.

CEO of technology consulting company Netspective Communications, Shahid Shah said "Like other BlackBerry devices, the PlayBook will have better 'genes' for health care because it will be ready with enterprise security from day one,"

PlayBook health care applications are much secure platform than Dell Streak's Android OS and Apple iPad's iOS. The PlayBook has a front-facing camera and the rear camera, video recording up to 1080P HD. Please read this article from eweek.com

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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