Patent Office Rejects Another (Yes, Another) NTP Patent
from the this-is-getting-damn-silly dept
What were we just saying about about NTP’s actions showing an anxiousness to settle the RIM deal before the US Patent Office definitively rejected its patents? Well, just weeks after the USPTO made it clear that one of the core patents in the case almost certainly isn’t valid they’re saying the same thing about another NTP patent. If you’re playing the home game on all of this, this would be the second time the USPTO has rejected this patent — suggesting that NTP’s response wasn’t particularly convincing. It’s not the final ruling, but the USPTO (as they did with the last patent) made it clear that it’s very, very likely the final ruling will reject this patent. This particular patent isn’t as key to the case as the one from a few weeks ago, but it still does suggest a pattern in these NTP patents. So, with all of that happening, why is everyone, including the judge, saying they don’t want to wait and see what the patent office has to say? Doesn’t that seem like a key bit of extremely relevant information? Why should RIM pay what might turn out to be a billion dollars when the US Patent Office is basically admitting they screwed up in the first place? Can RIM sue the USPTO for a billion or more due to negligence?