Research In Motion (RIM) has been found guilty of infringing on patents held by US software firm Mformation Technologies.
A federal jury in San Francisco found the company liable for $147 million (£95 milion) in damages and Mformation Technologies are considering seeking royalties on future uses of its patents.
The technology covers wireless management of devices so that corporate customers are able to remotely upgrade their mobile phone‘s software or wipe data from stolen devices.
Makers of BlackBerry devices, RIM has been relying on its corporate client base to keep its revenues up following a disappointing two consecutive quarters of losses.
It was recently reported that RIM is looking to sell BlackBerry with Facebook and Amazon thought to be potential suitors.
Mformation’s chief executive Todd DeLaughter commented on the ruling: “When BES 4 started shipping, RIM was a healthy company. This suit should never have gone to court. It should have been settled three years ago.”
Posted by Peter Robinson