The mobile space is definitely becoming mainstream and various companies have taken legal actions to hold their ground and a piece of the potential business. Recently Apple and Samsung battled it out and in the past such legal moves has shaped the various products used for computing for a longer period of time. Recently larger companies, perhaps foes between themselves, have even bounded together to purchase important patent holdings.
I’m not a patent expert, so this probably could drag out in court for some time and no-one will state much about it until settled one way or the other. But these appear to be some very fundamental patents Good referenced in the court papers. Here is a listing of them and the direct US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) links:
- United States Patent No. 6,151,606 issued for an invention entitled “System and Method for Using a Workspace Data Manager to Access, Manipulate and Synchronize Network Data.”
- United States Patent No. 7,702,322 issued for an invention entitled “Method and System for Distributing and Updating Software in Wireless Devices.”
- United States Patent No. 7,970,386 issued for an invention entitled “System and Method for Monitoring and Maintaining a Wireless Device.”
- United States Patent No. 8,012,219 issued for an invention entitled “System and Method for Preventing Access to Data on a Compromised Remote Device.”
This could have the potential to shift some of the balance between the current MDM vendors, open up cross licensing opportunities for specific features, or perhaps even potential buy-outs. Time will tell if some software code changes can get some out of the hot water.
All the gory details have been posted here: http://good.com/patent-litigation