Mformation Technologies, a device management development company just dealt the BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion another blow to their fiscal line. The first verdict in the pile of lawsuits being filed against RIM came down with an award of about $8 per device that is linked to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, or BES. This totals out to about $147 million dollars. In the times when RIM is struggling to stay afloat, lawsuits like this may be the crippling blow that requires RIM to liquidate their patent portfolio and settle these before there is nothing left.
The shinning beacon of hope out of this judgement is that Mformation may not go after RIM for future damages. The $150 million mark is pretty painful, but at least it’s the end for this chapter of suits. Now we just have to see if they survive the next volley of legal filings by Nokia.