Throughout this whole patent dispute between Research In Motion and NTP, there have been a couple of key points that remain unresolved. First, it's unclear how the patent process and resulting court case have helped innovation. Second, why a company that's never done any innovation -- just come up with an obvious idea and patent it -- should be rewarded. None of that's stopping NTP, though, which is now complaining that RIM's refusal to settle the case has caused it "substantial harm" because other companies are refusing to license its intellectual property as long as RIM holds out. This appeal is almost as pathetic as having the widow of NTP's founder mail her senators about the gross injustice being visited upon her, and it's typically misleading as well. The reason nobody wants to pay NTP probably has nothing to do with RIM, but rather the fact that it looks like the Patent Office will reject all of NTP's patents.
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