Omaha-based Prism Technologies filed a dispute with the International Trade Commission against RIM in which they state they have violated one of its patents. According to the complaint, the ‘288 Patent “covers an innovative way of controlling access to protected electronically stored data and information requested by a device using an Internet Protocol network…the method and system disclosed by the ‘288 Patent controls access to protected electronically stored data and information using an authentication server.”
Prism goes into detail about how RIM’s “BlackBerry Desktop Enterprise Activation configuration of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution… BlackBerry Administrator Enterprise Activation configuration of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution,” infringe on Prism’s patent.
Edward Snyder, an analyst with Charter Equity Research said “The probability of (Prism) prevailing are relatively slim. And even if it does, the likely impact to the stock is minor. I’ve not heard of them (Prism) before, they’re not going to be somebody who is pre-eminent in tech.”
Regardless of size, RIM has paid out millions to settle patent issues in the past (Visto $267.5 million and over $600 million to NTP)