Blackberry firm loses patent case

BBC News

Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been ordered to pay $147m in damages after losing a patents case.

A jury in San Francisco upheld claims by Mformation Technologies Inc that RIM infringed patents it took out in 1999.

The software involved allows companies to access employees’ mobile phones remotely for upgrades, password changes or to delete data.

The fine was calculated by the judge as $8 per Blackberry device in use since the claims were first filed in 2008.

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