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RIM to pay $147 million in patent case

  • Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been ordered to pay $147 million in damages after losing a patents case.

    A San Francisco jury advocated claims by Mformation Technologies that RIM infringed patents it took out in 1999.

    The software involved enables companies to access employees' mobile phones remotely for upgrades, password changes or to delete data.

    The fine was calculated as $8 per Blackberry device in use since the claims were first filed in 2008.