John Paczkowski

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RIM Dodges $147 Million Bullet

So much for Mformation’s $147.2 million patent victory against Research In Motion.

A U.S. District Court has overturned the trial verdict, ruling that there wasn’t enough evidence to support it. “The court finds that there was no ‘legally sufficient evidentiary basis’ on which a reasonable jury could have found for Mformation on the issue of infringement,” U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware wrote in his ruling.

Ware’s decision is a rare piece of good news for RIM, whose value has dropped nearly 80 percent over the past year as it struggles to regain traction in a smartphone market that has lapped it. The jury verdict that found RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server infringed on Mformation patents ordered it to pay damages of $8 each for 18.4 million BES units it had sold was an ugly blow delivered at a bad time, and RIM is justifiably overjoyed to see it tossed.

Of course, Mformation can appeal. But that will require a renewed and concerted effort, as Judge Ware also granted RIM’s motion seeking a new trial if his ruling should be overturned by a higher court. That means Mformation can’t simply have the $147.2 million jury award reinstated. Instead, it must make its case all over again in a new jury trial.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik