from the maybe-you-shouldn't-have-kicked-up-all-that-dust dept
While most people think of just the NTP lawsuit
when they hear about RIM and patent infringement troubles, what's often left out of the discussion is that prior to the NTP suit, RIM was one of the more aggressive
companies in filing patent infringement lawsuits against everyone else. In fact, it was news articles about RIM's aggressive patent enforcement strategy that convinced the guys behind NTP to file their lawsuit in the first place. Since paying $612.5 million to NTP to settle that battle, other patent holders have been lining up to sue RIM as well.
Earlier this year, we wrote about another aggressive patent enforcer, Wi-LAN, which sued RIM
for infringement. RIM, once again, settled
-- indicating a bit of an open season. If you happen to have a patent that RIM might sorta possibly infringe on, why not sue?
The latest to step up to bat is Mformation, who has sued RIM for two separate patents
which are both about remote management of a wireless device (Patent 1
and Patent 2
). Whatever the merits of the case, all of this has to make you wonder if RIM regrets its decision to kick off the process of suing lots of companies for patent infringement. It seems that the blowback was a lot worse than any benefit.