The ruling from a Californian court found that the company’s remote management system of its wireless devices was an infringement of a technology patent.
In 2008 RIM was sued by mobile device management software solutions specialist Mformation Technologies.
Blow to RIM
According to Reuters the $8 royalty for each BlackBerry device connected to RIM’s Enterprise Server software will reach a total of $147.2 million.
However, the verdict is only said to include US sales through trial, and as such would exclude foreign damages and future sales. This is according to Amar Thakur, an attorney for Mformation.
RIM spokesperson Crystal Roberts has confirmed that plans are in motion to attempt to overturn the verdict.
“Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology”
Delayed BB10 platform
Over the last twelve months RIM has seen dramatic 70% fall in its stock prices, and its grasp of the market is currently falling behind other leading players. While Blackberry has a 9% share of the smartphone market, this figure is 34% for Apple.
The company also announced a $518 million quarterly operating loss, before disappointing consumers with news of a continued delay for the release of the BlackBerry 10 OS.
This is now set for early 2013 and head of RIM’s developer programme, Alec Sauders, was forced to issue an apology to address rumours that developers interest in the BlackBerry platform was waning.
“I was pretty shocked by the findings. I was shocked because the numbers in the report do not gel with what we’re seeing in the real world. The report contradicts much of what we are seeing and hearing in our developer community”
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