November 21, 2002 3:07 PM PST
Jury: RIM infringed on patents
RIM, maker of the BlackBerry wireless device, said it disagrees with the verdict and vowed to appeal. At the same time, the company said it will record a pre-tax provision of approximately $23 million against potential damages in its third quarter.
"Today's jury verdict was wrong as both a matter of law and fact," Charles Meyer, RIM's chief legal officer, said in a statement. The company said that if the judge upholds the jury's verdict, RIM will appeal.
The patents in question cover the use of radio frequency wireless communications in electronic mail systems, RIM said.
The BlackBerry maker said the judge in the case will rule on various post-trial motions in February and will also decide then if the jury's finding that the infringement was willful will increase the damage award.
RIM itself has been a frequent litigant in protection of its own patents.
Palm also recently licensed RIM's keyboard technology.
RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazardis said in a statement that the NTP verdict will have no impact on RIM's own patents.
"The validity and enforceability of our own patents were never at issue and are not affected at all by this verdict today," he said. "As our legal teams continue with this litigation, we remain focused on our priorities of designing, delivering and supporting innovative wireless solutions for our customers and partners."