The miseries for Blackberry maker Research In Motion continues as a jury finds it liable for £95 million for infringing patents owned by Mformation Technologies.
The patent in dispute is the RIM’s Blackberry Enterprise Server which the plaintiff has argued is based on their patented technology. Mformation sued Research In Motion in 2008 where in RIM declined to license the technology following which they modified their software to include the patented technology.
RIM, after the jury’s decision, still believed in it’s software and is considering to appeal again, “RIM has worked hard for many years to independently develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, and RIM does not believe that the Mformation patent in question is valid,”
With the jury ruling their decision against them, RIM’s plight continues. RIM has already lost a huge market share to Android and Apple smartphones and is on the verge of bankruptcy. The financial crisis is so terrible that the phonemaker has delayed the launch of it’s Blackberry 10 devices.
Also, the company was pondering over selling of it’s hardware business recently to focus on messaging completely. Amazon or Facebook are contemplating to buy this hardware portfolio while RIM plans to flagship Blackberry Messenger and Blackberry Fusion.
RIM posted a net loss of £355 million in the last quarter which summarises the deep mess in which the Canadian phonemaker has fallen.
What can RIM do to regain the lost market share in the fiercely competitive smartphone market?