Lovells ends Inpro’s claim on BlackBerry technology

Lovells has successfully defended BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) and T-Mobile, winning the high-profile patent dispute against Inpro in the High Court a fortnight ago.

The High Court decision found that Luxembourg IP company Inpro’s UK patent was invalid.

Inpro sued BlackBerry and T-Mobile, claiming it owned the patent for a technology system that allows data to move from a computer to a hand-held device. It claimed the technology was being used illegally by the two companies.

The decision was greeted with relief by T-Mobile, which is one of the largest suppliers of BlackBerrys to the UK market.

Lovells litigation partner Nicola Dagg led the team for RIM and T-Mobile, along with Bird & Bird partner Peter Brownlow for T-Mobile, while Anthony Watson QC of Three New Square represented RIM and T-Mobile throughout the court proceedings.

Brownlow told The Lawyer that the decision was a significant win. “It’s certainly the biggest IP litigation case Bird & Bird has worked on for T-Mobile,” he said.

Dechert advised Inpro, led by partner Duncan Black, who instructed 8 New Square barristers Andrew Lykiardopoulos and James Mellor.

The case has been watched closely by the UK telecoms industry, because a decision against RIM could have led to the removal of the BlackBerry device from the market.