Good Technology files patent lawsuits against MDM competitors

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Good Technology, a mobile device security provider, has filed litigations against competitors MobileIron and AirWatch for patent infringement.

This news has the potential to rock the mobile device management sphere, which of course is gaining in prominence with the proliferation of BYOD.

Good claims that AirWatch and MobileIron have infringed on four of its patents:

  • “System and Method for Using a Workspace Data Manager to Access, Manipulate and Synchronise Network Data”;
  • “System and Method for Preventing Access to Data on a Compromised Remote Device”;
  • “System and Method for Monitoring and Maintaining a Wireless Device”;
  • “Method and System for Distributing and Updating Software in Wireless Devices”.

Good overall lays claim to over 75 patents, which the company describes as in the majority “early, highly-cited, foundational patents”.

Calling MobileIron “principal imitators” and AirWatch “brazen infringers”, Good’s complaints amount to 147 and 144 pages respectively and claims that MobileIron has used Good’s technology on the AppTunnel, AppConnect and Docs@Work products. Good claims that AirWatch has violated intellectual property with its MDM and related products.

Good has gone to the trouble of setting up an entirely new website with the details of MobileIron and AirWatch’s alleged infringements, alongside a page entitled ‘Good’s history of innovation’.

King Lee, the CEO of Good Technology, said in a press release: “Smartphones and tablets have become the most important and ubiquitous piece of technology we use in our daily lives.

“Good has pioneered the technology and products critical to the backbone and safety of these mobile devices, and these lawsuits are about two blatant infringers of our technology.”

Lee added: “We intend to vigorously defend our intellectual property rights around the world”.

Of course, with this latest update, it’s impossible not to compare them to the hardware patent wars being played out by Apple, Samsung, Google, and other major smartphone players.

Yet, in a perhaps bizarre move, Good’s announcement on the company’s website of the litigation described the lawsuit as “[the] next front of smartphone wars”.

Enterprise AppsTech sought comment from AirWatch, who replied: “As a corporate policy, we don’t comment on legal matters”. MobileIron stated: "We have not yet seen the complaint and have no comment until we review it".

Certain news sources are calling this the “MDM wars”, and with Good appearing so vigorous to affirm their patent rights, that might not be too far off.

The full complaint against MobileIron can be read here, and against AirWatch here.

 

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