A case dating back to April of 2012 has been officially decided in favor of BlackBerry. A federal jury in Florida ruled in favor of BlackBerry Ltd today in a lawsuit from Dutch NXP BV.
In 2012, NXP sued BlackBerry alleging some BlackBerry devices and its PlayBook tablet infringed on several key patents including design, and data transmission. According to Reuters, the lawsuit originally covered six patents, but NXP later dropped its claims to three of them.
The deliberation was apparently quick as jurors needed less than a day before ruling in favor of the Canadian smartphone maker. BlackBerry’s press release follows.
BlackBerry Wins Patent Infringement Case
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 7, 2014) – BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that a federal jury ruled in favor of BlackBerry in a patent infringement case brought by NXP BV in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. The verdict was a sweeping victory for BlackBerry, as the jury found both that BlackBerry did not infringe NXP’s patents, and that the patents NXP asserted against BlackBerry are invalid.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Steve Zipperstein, Chief Legal Officer at BlackBerry. “While this is a victory for BlackBerry, we look forward to a time when technology companies will no longer be forced to spend huge amounts of time and money defending frivolous patent cases such as these, and instead invest their resources to drive innovation. Until then, we will vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and contest all meritless claims.”
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.