RIM : Condamnation à payer 147,2 Million de dollars à Mformation

Research In Motion a été condamné a versé 147,2 Millions de dollars à Mformation.

La société canadienne a été jugée coupable de violation d’un brevet de gestion à distance d’appareil sans fil par un tribunal de Californie. Plainte déposée en 2008 par Mformation Technoligies, ce dernier reprocherait à RIM d’avoir copié un de leurs procédés et de l’avoir utilisé pour son service BlackBerry Entreprise Server (BES).

Cette forte somme a été calculée sur chaque licence BES, qui s’élève  à 18,4 millions d’unités à 8 dollars pièce. RIM ne nie pas les faits et prétendrait même qu’elle utilisait déjà ce procédé bien avant le dépôt de brevet de Mformation. D’aiileurs ce dernier évoque dans son communiqué de presse que les royalties ne sont pas comprises, et peuvent être réclamées sur les licences vendues et prochaines. Ce fait pourrait multiplier 2 à 3 fois le montaant déjà réclamé.

Néanmoins, RIM ne perd pas espoir et attend tous les éléments de cette décision pour un recours en appel et pourrait prétendre que la requête de Mformation n’est pas fondée.

Le communiqué de presse :


Research In Motion Receives Verdict in Patent Case Brought by Mformation

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 14, 2012) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, yesterday learned that a jury returned a verdict against RIM in the amount of $147.2 million (USD) in an action brought by Mformation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. RIM is disappointed by the outcome and is evaluating all legal options. Additionally, the trial judge has yet to decide certain legal issues that might impact the verdict. RIM will await those rulings before deciding whether to pursue an appeal.

RIM has worked hard for many years to independently develop its leading-edge BlackBerrytechnology and industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, and RIM does not believe that the Mformation patent in question is valid.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com orwww.blackberry.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws, including statements relating to RIM awaiting certain rulings from the trial judge before deciding whether to pursue an appeal, and RIM’s belief that the Mformation patent in question is not valid. The terms “will”, “believe” and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Ann ual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements. RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.




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