Research in Motion Ltd v Visto Corporation [2008] EWHC 335 (Pat)

28 February 2008

Adrian Speck and Henry Ward appeared as junior counsel on behalf of the Defendant in this patent case heard in January 2008 . The Claimant sought revocation of the Defendant’s patent for a method for providing email consistency and sought a declaration of non-infringement in relation to their BlackBerry system. The Defendant counterclaimed for infringement in relation to a particular part of the BlackBerry software. Judgment was given for the Claimant and the Judge held that the patent was obvious and invalid because the patent was for a computer program as such, and that if it had been valid it would have been infringed by the BlackBerry software.