Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
jmol, jury, patents

Companies:
mformation, rim



Judge Overturns $147.2 Million Jury Award Against RIM

from the there-it-goes dept

Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about RIM getting hit with yet another crazy patent infringement award, after a jury sided with Mformation and told RIM to pay $147.2 million. However, as often happens in these kinds of cases, RIM then sought a judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) -- effectively a finding from the judge that, even though a jury ruled one way, it did not have enough evidence to do so. Those aren't often granted, but in this case... the judge dumped the jury verdict.
After considering motions presented by both parties, as well as the jury verdict (which was announced by RIM on July 14, 2012), the Judge determined that RIM had not infringed on Mformation's patent. In granting RIM's motion, the Judge also vacated the $147.2 million jury award, which means that RIM is not required to make any payment to Mformation.
Mformation can (and almost certainly will) appeal, though a successful appeal would just take things back to square one, meaning a new district court trial.

Stories like this are why there have been some efforts made to get juries out of patent trials...

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    DannyB (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 8:10am

    Re: Re: Cruel Juries

    It's not that there aren't people who can think for themselves, even in a group.

    It's that THOSE people who can think never make it into the jury. The jury selection process is designed to exclude thinking people who cannot be swayed by emotion.

    At least one side deliberately wants to exclude the people who can think. As long as enough of them can be excluded, that side might be able to win its case. Even if a few thinking people make it through jury selection, they end up in a small minority -- or just one. They can sometimes then be pressured, after lengthy argument, into just voting with the majority.

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