Blackberry beats chipmaker in court

Troubled Canadian mobile phone maker Blackberry has managed to convince a jury that it did not nick three ideas belonging to Dutch semiconductor company NXP.

NXP sued BlackBerry in April 2012 claiming that versions of the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed patents related to the design, data transmission and other features of those devices.

Originally the case centred on six patents, but NXP later dropped its claims related to three of them. It wanted an arm and a leg for the infringement including triple damages.

The case was heard in Florida and jurors needed less than a day of deliberations before ruling in BlackBerry’s favour.

NXP said it is disappointed with the verdict and is “investigating all options for appeal”.

NXP was spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV in 2006. It is certainly not a patent troll as it makes products based on “products with no big chip in the middle”.

These are semiconductors used in a wide range of “smart” automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications.