Updated 07/14 with Press Release from Research In Motion
RIM just can't seem to catch a break. On Friday, federal courts in San Francisco ruled on a case in favour to Mformation Technologies Inc. on a patent dispute case which dated back to 2008 when Mformation sued Research in Motion over patents with respect to RIM's BlackBerry enterprise offerings (BES). In the verdict, the jury has ordered RIM to pay a royalty of $8/device connected through RIM's enterprise services which is expected to total $147.2 million. This is a huge blow to RIM as they are expected to report a loss in the coming quarter and are beginning to burn cash as they head towards the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices in January 2013. According a statements released by RIM on Saturday morning, RIM " is disappointed by the outcome [of the verdict] and is evaluating all legal options" and which may include pursuing an appeal at a later date.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO – (Marketwire – July 14, 2012) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, yesterday learned that a jury returned a verdict against RIM in the amount of $147.2 million (USD) in an action brought by Mformation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. RIM is disappointed by the outcome and is evaluating all legal options. Additionally, the trial judge has yet to decide certain legal issues that might impact the verdict. RIM will await those rulings before deciding whether to pursue an appeal.
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.