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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    googly_eyes, 30 Nov 2005 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Yeah

    Hmmm mental retard or high school drop out...

    Perhaps I'm both.

    However, my point, (which was seemingly not well stated, and is apparently on top of my head) was that the "shoulda paid 'em $23 mil in the first place" comment plays right into the hands of would be patent trolls - the kind of comapnies that *do* sue frivilously.

    I have no opinion on NTP's lawsuit, as I certainly don't know where it came from or it's merits, and I am no patent attorney - obviously - since I'm mentally retarded and dropped out of high school.

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