RIM on Friday was ordered by a California court to pay $147.2 million in patent litigation. According to Reuters, the dispute, which stems all the back to 2008, was over a feature that allow users to remotely manage their device over a wireless network. Mformation, the company that won the ruling, helps corporations like AT&T and Sprint manage their smartphone inventory, its website says.
It’s a significant blow for RIM, as the company is getting kicked while it endures continued market loss and a stock that has fallen more than 70 percent over the past twelve months.
RIM’s argument against the alleged patent accusation said that the wireless patent was already being used when it was filed by Mformation. Pending legal motions could potentially overturn the verdict, a RIM spokeswoman said. “Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology.”