A United States Judge has overturned an initial ruling that found Research In Motion guilty of infringing on patented technology owned by Mformation Technologies. RIM was originally found guilty in July when a federal jury decided the BlackBerry maker owed Mformation $147.2 million in damages, the AP said Thursday. The two companies have been battling for the past four years, since Mformation accuseed RIM of infringing on technology it said it patented in 1999. The intellectual property in question was related to how one might remotely manage a wireless device, the AP explained.
Obviously, RIM’s business enterprise server (BES) is widely used by IT departments to help remotely manage smartphones out in the field. RIM has long allowed IT departments to wipe smartphones, reset them and more, but Mformation thought it had invented the technology first.
“We appreciate the Judge’s careful consideration of this case,” RIM’s chief legal officer Steve Zipperstein said in a statement to the AP. “RIM did not infringe on Mformation’s patent and we are pleased with this victory. The purpose of the patent system is to encourage innovation, but the system is still too often exploited in pursuit of other goals. Many policy makers have already recognized the need to address this problem and we call on others to join them as this case clearly highlights the significant need for continuing policy reform to help reduce the amount of resources wasted on unwarranted patent litigation.”
As you might expect, Mformation is upset with the Judge’s ruling. The company’s CEO Todd DeLaughter said he is “deeply disappointed” by the turn of events and that his firm is evaluating its next steps.