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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  1. identicon
    ld, 10 Aug 2012 @ 5:08am

    Re: The Old Days

    We are already going back to the old days. If you patent something now, you not only have to have millions for legal fees to back up your patent, you also have to worry about someone taking your patent information and, using dedicated software and computer networks, simply engineering a solution that meets all of your patent's goals without infringing on it. More and more companies are simply keeping things in house if possible and individuals are inventing things by the ton and simply using them for themselves. Garbage patents, like Apple's patent for an obvious idea that is far from new, a rectangular screen that replaces a pad of paper, and patent trolls who invent nothing but how to write a check for defunct companies or lame patents that are far to broad or shouldn't have been granted in the first place,have made patents a joke for the most part.

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