RIM Dealt A Blow In Patent Case

from the it's-the-final-countdown dept

RIM had better get that software workaround they've talked about warmed up, as the judge in their patent case with NTP has rejected their attempt to have an earlier settlement enforced. RIM had a few weeks ago asked that the $450 settlement be applied, leading to speculation that it was either trying to cut its losses, or simply just make another legal ploy to drag the case out in hopes it would give the patent office time to invalidate the NTP patents, a path down which it's headed. The two issues remaining before the court are the injunction NTP's seeking to shut down Blackberry service until RIM pays up, and damages. Meanwhile, the company's begun a hearing on a similar patent in the UK, which a Luxembourg-based company claims RIM is violating.

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    Colin Longhurst, 20 Dec 2005 @ 9:21pm

    Re: America's Inventions

    Excuse me? America's inventions? Are you purposefully ignorant or willfully so? Because your statements indicate a real lack of understanding.

    NTP is a PATENT HOLDING COMPANY. This is not an innovator. They come up with ideas - "What if we could build a teleportation device?", then using their enormous budgets, force through frivolous patents which they shove in boxes. They never make ANY attempt to develop the technologies, they simply hold them in the hope that someone with some brains can figure out a way to make the idea work, so that they can SUE THEM. This is profitable, and business as usual in America.

    Large multi-nationals? RIM was a tiny office in Waterloo, Ontario. A couple tech geeks figured out how to engineer a very compact and affordable device, and RIM is certainly no giant. NTP targeted RIM in order to try to squeeze as much money out of them as possible.

    What it is, is extortion.

    The jerk off spouting patriotic nonsense about American innovation is woefully ill-informed. I would suggest that he works for NTP in some capacity.

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