Late Friday a federal jury of San Francisco found Research In Motion guilty of $147.2 million damage for infringing a patent held by Mformation Technologies Inc. this is a big blow for the already struggling Blackberry makers. Their worldwide sales have dropped drastically in the past few quarters, company share is on the verge of falling apart, they lost their biggest market in Canada to Apple, and after all that could it be any worse than paying $147.2 million.
The lawyer of the Mformation Inc., Amar Thakur says that this verdict has came in late Friday after a three week trial and one week deliberation of an eight person jury. In 2008 Mformation filed a lawsuit against RIM for infringing a patent that they invented in 1999 for managing wireless devices. This patent lets a company to remotely access into employee’s cell phone. RIM did not make any immediate comment on the matter. According to this verdict RIM has to pay $8 for 18.4 million Blackberry phones which are now connected to Blackberry Server from the day this lawsuit was filed to the trail days.