Good Technology and VMware settle patent dispute

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Good Technology and VMware have entered into an agreement that resolves all pending litigation between the two firms, the two companies have announced.

The imbroglio dates back to 2012 when Good filed litigations against MobileIron and AirWatch – the latter now owned by VMware – for patent infringement. Full terms of the agreement between Good and VMware aren’t being disclosed, yet according to a press release both parties have agreed to “a long-term patent portfolio cross-license agreement and to discuss opportunities for joint interoperability that could benefit their mutual customers.”

In January 2015 Good filed patent infringement lawsuits against AirWatch and MobileIron in Germany and the UK, specifically around synchronisation and selective wipe of corporate data, for European versions of patents Good had already filed in California.

A Good corporate statement at the time read: “We welcome competition, as we know it breeds excellence, it’s better for our customers and serves to make all of our products better. However, because we believe that AirWatch and MobileIron are competing unfairly by infringing our patented technology, we are asking the German and UK courts to stop their further sales and issue permanent injunctions from continuing infringement.”

Two months later, it emerged that Envision Software GmbH, a German distributor of AirWatch mobility management products, had voluntarily recognised and acknowledged Good’s pending patent infringement claims, and was thereby obligated to cease and desist from further distribution of AirWatch products.

Speaking to this correspondent in January, Good CEO Christy Wyatt said: “This isn’t a conversation that’s starting this week, or this month; this conversation started a couple of years ago and these times take some time to work their way through the various different courts. We have a very broad patent portfolio and many of those patents are individual.” Wyatt has previously said she has a “tremendous amount of respect” for AirWatch chairman Alan Dabbiere and VMware end user computing GM Sanjay Poonen.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Wyatt said she was extremely pleased to be able to resolve these intellectual property issues, adding that the customers of Good and VMware were the real winners.

 

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