The US Patent Office has issued a final rejection of one of NTP's patents -- just as it said it would. The USPTO has given "non-final" rejections to all five of the NTP patents in question, but this final rejection comes just two days before the judge in the case is set to hear arguments that could put an injunction on RIM's business in the US. This is the judge that's said he won't wait for the patent office to rule on the patents to issue his decision, but this action by the office (which, of course, NTP can appeal) almost seems designed to put pressure on him to do so. The underlying issue is the legitimacy of the patents, and given the USPTO's indication that they'll ultimately be rejected, that should take precendence over the judge's desire to keep his calendar moving.
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