Can BlackBerry Benefit From The Recent Samsung/Apple Infringement Case Ruling?

I started this debate with a co-worker on Friday of last week simply stating that if this ruling against Samsung holds up this would be a wonderful opportunity for BlackBerry to regain some much-needed market share in US.  The question is how can RIM exploit this ruling for its benefit and capitalize to gain lost and new users in the US Market?

I have said plenty of times before that RIM would have a good possibility to sneak in as Samsung and Apple fight over patent rights. Don’t think for one second that RIM is not paying very close attention to the developments in this case and are thinking of ways to benefit from it. To be honest it should have been RIM vs Apple from the get go, but that’s just my own personal opinion and thoughts.

Maybe this is the beginning of a much-needed change in the smart phone market of today. We must maintain diversity so I side with Apple for some of the patent rulings , but we also must not put ourselves in Robot mode as well.  The question still remains, can RIM benefit from the recent Samsung/Apple Infringement Case? Leave us some feedback , we would love to hear your responses!

$147.2 Million RIM Patent Infringement Ruling Overturned…

Research in Motion, who is no stranger to being on the wrong side of patent infringement cases, has a bit of good news to report.

A California judge as overturned the ruling that RIM infringed on patents held by New Jersey based mobile device management company Mformation Technologies and has vacated the $147.2 million in damages awarded to the company.

In a statement released by Research in Motion on August 10th, the company said “after considering motions presented by both parties as well as the jury verdict, the judge determined that RIM had not infringed on Mformation’s patent“.

There is a pretty good chance mFormation Technologies will appeal this ruling, but, for now, RIM is off the hook for damages, and, if the case does go back to trial, the previous verdict will not be reinstated…

[Via CBC]

Research in Motion Suing Kik Interactive For Patent Infringment

I don’t think that it comes a big shocker that, after removing Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World followed by suspending Kik Messenger push messages to existing BlackBerry Kik Messenger users and throwing terms like “breached contractual obligations” around, Research in Motion has filed a patent infringement law suit against Kik Interactive Inc., the company behind Kick Messenger.

I think that it is a pretty safe bet that Kik Messenger will never again be supported on the BlackBerry platform.  This lawsuit, however, brings into question the future of Kick Messenger on other platforms.  Details on which patents RIM believes Kik has infringed on aren’t yet available but  something tells me that that Kik Messenger’s “sent,” “delivered,” and “read” flags are a big part of the problem.

Will we see a cease and desist next for all Kik services?  I think that chances are good…

Mfromation Technologies Sueing Research in Motion

Mformation Technologies, a New Jersey based handset management software company, said Friday that they have sued Research in Motion for patent infringement.  The firm claims that RIM has infringed upon two patents related to “remote device management”.

“After refusing to license Mformation’s disclosed systems and software, RIM modified its BlackBerry software to include Mformation’s patented systems and methods of remote management,” Mformation said.

Mformation has not yet specified what remidies it is seeking.

[Reuters]

Research in Motion And Motorola Sue Each Other Over Patents

(sarcasm)We know that last company that you would ever expect to be involved in a patent infringement lawsuit would be Research in Motion(/sarcasm), however, that is exactly what the BlackBerry maker is wrapped up in with Motorola.

Motorola is claiming that the way most BlackBerry 8xxx series devices store contact info in wireless emails and the ability to recognize incoming phone numbers infringes on their patents.

In a clever legal move often referred to as the “Whatever you can do we can also do“, RIM has filed their own claim against Motorola stating that the thumb keyboard is awfully similar to those found on BlackBerrys.