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]

RIM Inks Deal With Intellectual Ventures And Gains Access To Over 30,000 Patents

Big companies tech companies like Research in Motion seem to constantly find themselves fighting a never ending wave of patent infringement law suites, often times frivolous claims that don’t really have a chance to win at trial.  The problem is that these companies, even if it is almost a certainty that they will successfully defend themselves, have to incur the expense of doing so, and, it is often easier to ‘join em” as it is simply too expensive to ‘beat em‘ all…

This is exactly what Research in Motion has done when they signed a deal with patent holding firm Intellectual Ventures as they now have access to their over 30,000 patents.

Intellectual Ventures offers an efficient way to access the invention rights companies need to stay competitive within the market,” Mario Obeidat, the patent company’s head of telecom licensing, said on Wednesday in a statement.

Terms of the deals have not be released, but, we would have to bet the the price RIM paid was a lot less than having to deal with thousands of potential lawsuits individually.

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The United States needs to do a lot of work to combat the problem of patent trolling, which big companies are just as guilty of as the little patent holding companies, but, we will leave that for a different post…

Kik Ineractive Files Statement of Defence And Counterclaim Against Research In Motion

Kik Interactive, the company behind the popular cross platform mobile instant messaging client, Kik Messenger, has filed a statement of defence and a counterclaim against Research in Motion who filed a patent infringement suit against Kik Interactive back in December of 2010, after first removing Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World and disabling push notifications to the app.

RIM claims that Kik Interactive CEO, Ted Livingstone, while working at Research in Motion, gained access to sensitive data regarding BlackBerry Messenger and used this knowledge in during the creation of Kik Messenger.  RIM actually sued Kik Interactive alleging breach of confidentiality, trademark infringement, and patent infringement.

In Kik’s statement (available here, 7MB PDF), the company “denies that it was developing a cross-platform instant messaging client in secret or had access to RIM’s BBM confidential documents, denies that it’s infringing on RIM’s trademarks or patents, and found prior art (EP093213, JP10013881, Outlook 2000, and a whole list of documents in Schedules A & B) which Kik alleges makes RIM’s asserted patents invalid.”

To make a long story short, Kik says that RIM, who initially supported Kik Messenger, saw it’s overnight success as a threat to BlackBerry Messenger causing “senior executives at RIM to embark on a campaign to destroy or seriously harm Kik, including unilaterally terminating the various agreements between Kik and RIM, suspending and then removing Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World and commencing this lawsuit, including a meritless patent infringement claim which RIM knew had no realistic chance of success.”

As David Lam theorizes, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle…

[Via David Lam Law Blog]

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.