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Good Technology files patent infringement lawsuits in the US

MobileIron and AirWatch alleged to have infringed four of Good's US invention patents.

Secure enterprise mobility vendor, Good Technology, has taken out lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against mobile device management vendors, MobileIron and AirWatch.

According to Good Technology, the two companies have infringed on four US patent inventions.

These include:

  • US Patent number 6,151,606 issued for an invention entitled system and method for using a workspace data manager to access, manipulate and synchronise network data.

  • US Patent 8,012,219 issued for an invention entitled system and method for preventing access to data on a compromised remote device.

  • US Patent 7,970,386 issued for an invention entitled system and method for monitoring and maintaining a wireless device.

  • US Patent 7,702,322 issued for an invention entitled method and system for distributing and updating software in wireless devices.

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In addition, the lawsuit against MobileIron includes US federal trademark statute law The Lanham Act and related claims alleging that the company engaged in a marketing campaign based on “falsehoods and misleading claims” about Good and its product offerings.

The patents in the lawsuit cover technology first developed in the late 1990s that enables Good Technology's users to securely access email and other business data on their mobile devices.

Speaking to CIO Australia during Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast, Good Technology senior vice president of worldwide sales Brian Carr said the company has built up an “extremely strong” technology and patent portfolio since it was founded in 1996.

“We have 75 patents whereas MobileIron and AirWatch have one [patent] between them,” he said.

“We will defend our intellectual property rights and the millions of dollars we have put into those patents through advanced technology development.”

Carr added that Good Technology fully expects to get an injunction as a result of the lawsuit.

According to Good Technology CEO King Lee, thousands of global companies trust the vendor to “safely and reliably scale” their mobile enterprises.

“We intend to vigorously defend our intellectual property rights around the world,” he said in a statement.

Hamish Barwick travelled to Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast as a guest of Good Technology.

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

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