Per the Complaint available at PriorSmart, Tahir Mahmood filed a case against Research In Motion Ltd. on August 1, 2011 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Civil Action 11 CIV 5345, Judge Jones) regarding "Mr. Mahmood’s communications, interactions and work with RIM regarding the conception and reduction to practice of a software solution for redirecting and pushing email from a host computer system to a mobile device such that a person could respond to an email message in a transparent manner using the same address as the one associated with the host system."
The following is excerpted from the Complaint:
...which solution would later be called “PageMail.” Mr. Mahmood developed a fully operational embodiment of his email software solution using Motorola’s mobile, handheld “InfoTAC” device.
In 1995, introduced through RAM Mobile Data, Mr. Mahmood shared his PageMail solution with Donald McMurtry of RIM. Mr. Mahmood provided Mr. McMurtry with a complete description of Mr. Mahmood’s PageMail solution...
Later, with the goal of continuing in their collaboration and moving the project forward by inducing RIM to develop a suitable mobile data communication device, Mr. Mahmood provided RIM with specifications for a desired mobile device, including the results of focus group studies suggesting that the InfoTAC’s lack of a QWERTY keyboard and large size made the product unappealing. Thereafter, Mr. Mahmood and Mr. McMurtry agreed to keep their line of communication open, continuing to look for or develop an appropriate and smaller wireless device with a QWERTY keyboard. Unbeknownst to Mr. Mahmood, however, after his communications and collaboration with Mr. McMurtry and his sharing of work and information regarding his PageMail product with RIM, RIM co-opted Mr. Mahood’s invention and, without naming Mr. Mabmood as the inventor, went on to file the application for what would become U.S. Patent No. 6,219,694 Bi, entitled “System as Method for Pushing Information from a Host System to a Mobile Data Communication Device Having a Shared Electronic Address” (“the ‘694 patent”).
Upon information and belief, RIM first tried jury-rigging email by forwarding their work email inboxes to their RIM 950: “We discovered that we liked the experience of getting email to our belts. But we were unable to reply to the messages, since the ‘from’ address was our desktop address and not the original sender. This messed up the reply path. Our IT Director, Wade Brown, was ‘extremely concerned’ about the security of forwarding all our communications outside the corporate firewall.” See Exhibit 16, at 64.
Upon information and belief, RIM solved these problems by misappropriating Mr. Mahmood’s mobile, transparent, push email solution, building it into the 950, and patenting it themselves.
Mr. Mahmood seeks correction of inventorship on the '694 patent, injunctive relief, monetary damages, punitive damages, attorneys fees, costs and interest.
Access the Complaint and '694 patent at PriorSmart.