Patent Lawsuit Costs BlackBerry maker RIM $147 Million

From bad to worse, that's how things are going for RIM. Today, a California jury ruled that the beleaguered purveyor of BlackBerries was in violation of software patents and ordered the company to pay royalties for every BlackBerry device connected to its enterprise server software.

What You Need To Know:

- Jurors determined that RIM’s Blackberry Enterprise Server application infringes on patents owned by Mformation for software that remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network.

- RIM must an $8 royalty for each of the 18.4 million non-government-issued U.S. BlackBerry devices, bringing the total to $147.2 million.

- Damages for future sales outside the US and to government customers, could double, or triple the amount owing.

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Of course, there’s never a good time to get hit with a $147.2 million court bill, but it’s hard to imagine the timing being much worse for RIM. - Daniel Frankel, gigaOM  
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